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MPs set to oppose terror Bill

PUBLISHED: 17:23 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:37 12 August 2010

MPS are set to vote against controversial legislation extending the number of days a suspect can be detained for questioning. Kent MPs branded the Counter-Terrorism Bill, that seeks to extend the amount of time a person can be held without charge from 28

MPS are set to vote against controversial legislation extending the number of days a suspect can be detained for questioning.

Kent MPs branded the Counter-Terrorism Bill, that seeks to extend the amount of time a person can be held without charge from 28 days to 42 days, as "unworkable" in the run up to the House of Commons vote last night.

Orpington MP John Horam said: "I will vote to retain 28 days and against the very complicated extension to 42 days.

"The Bill is almost changing day by day, as they are putting various conditions on it. Now, it so complicated that it is pointless.

"So far, 28 days has worked very well and we have had this law for two years.

"I am not in favour of this constant legislation, instead we should make our current legislations work better.

"The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) think 28 days is adequate, 42 days is unworkable."

MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup Derek Conway said he will also vote against it.

He said: "The government has not made the case for 42 days.

"They have just plucked the number out of thin air.

"The former Attorney General Lord Goldsmith said there is no case for it. I have a lot of time for Tony McNulty who is putting through the Bill, which no other developed world has.

"But the government hasn't really explained the case.

"It just seems as a society, we are spying on people more and more."

Sevenoaks MP Michael Fallon was also set to vote against the Bill.

He said: "Nobody has explained to me why the new powers are needed and I am not even convinced the police need them.

"It is hard to judge the result. It is going to be close.

"I hope all Kent MPs will stand up for freedom."

The Metropolitan Police Service ordered Borough Commanders not to speak out about the possible changes, as they said it was a national issue.

The Borough Commanders in North Kent, Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich refused to comment on the proposals.

Last Sunday, Gordon Brown called up wavering Labour MPs to try to secure the toughest parliamentary test in his premiership.

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