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MP on ego trip

PUBLISHED: 10:18 07 July 2008 | UPDATED: 20:49 05 July 2010

DAVID Davis is surely on an ego trip in calling for a by-election in his Hull constituency, particularly "on a platform of defending British liberties.

DAVID Davis is surely on an ego trip in calling for a by-election in his Hull constituency, particularly “on a platform of defending British liberties."

It wasn't the Labour government who introduced the infamous SUSS laws which led to breakdown in race relations and riots in major cities. It wasn't the Labour government who set up road blocks and searched cars of those suspected of supporting the miners (including some from Lowestoft). Nor was it the Labour government that tapped the phones of CND supporters and banned Sinn Fein leaders from talking on the media and introduced internment (imprisonment for years without trial) and wasn't a Labour Prime Minister who gated off Downing Street to prevent public access.

The few days extra extension on the detention of terror suspects with the safeguards of both judicial and Parliamentary agreement seem to me to be reasonable and are certainly more libertarian than were granted by the Tories during their administration.

Mr Davis has been an MP for more than 20 years and a minister for many of them. He can't claim lack of culpability for such draconian moves. He is behaving like a petulant child.

TERRY KELLY

Walmer Road

Lowestoft

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