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June 23, 2008



I think that Cllr Akehurst is misguided in his beliefs, and it seems as though I am not the only one to think so.

I wish that Labour would put up a candidate in Haltemprice and Howden, which would, perhaps, prove to be a form of mini-referendum on (what I believe to be) these highly misguided plans. As it is, the party lays itself open to accusations of being frightened of public reaction.


Irrespective of one's views on the proposal to detain some suspects for 42 days before a charge is brought, could we not agree that David Davis's resignation and re-election has no relevance whatsoever to that discussion?

If he is relected, which he likely will be, he will continue to speak and vote against the proposal, just as he would have done had he not resigned. But his mandate will be no greater than it was before, since his electorate has not expanded in any meaningful way.

I suggest that the proper way to make these decisions is through a series of votes in parliament. A process that has started but which is not yet over. And Mr Davis should be more honest about the fact that his actions are more about his future role in the Conservative Party than about the issue of 42 days.

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