Following news of the detention of a man at Heathrow, I’ve written this letter to my MP, Sheila Gilmore:
Dear Sheila Gilmore,
It is with alarm that I read the news reports from the last 36 hours about David Miranda’s detention at Heathrow. The idea that it is acceptable for the state to hold someone in detention and require them to answer questions without legal representation, even for a limited period of time, is anathema to a democratic society. I am aware that it is common practice for laws covering border crossings to provide fewer rights for the public; that it is common does not make it correct.
I hope that you will join me in supporting the removal of the powers used in this case, and similar powers, and their replacement with laws that respect the rights of people to receive legal assistance and not to be detained without cause.