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Crime and Security Bill

Part of Bill Presented — Pedicabs Bill – in the House of Commons at 8:16 pm on 18th January 2010.

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Photo of Elfyn Llwyd Elfyn Llwyd Shadow PC Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow Chief Whip (Commons), Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills), Shadow Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change), Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), Shadow Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs), Shadow Spokesperson (Justice) 8:16 pm, 18th January 2010

I beg the Minister's pardon; I apologise for what I said, in that case.

We must be ever careful of eroding civil liberties. The deputy chief constable of Hampshire said a couple of years ago:

"We are sleepwalking through the lobbies of Parliament whilst Britain is slipping toward Authoritarian Rule."

That is pretty tough stuff from a deputy chief constable. I believe that the Bill in its present state will add fuel to the fire, and we might well see a further slip towards authoritarian rule. I hope that much of it is removed in Committee, but at this stage I will vote against it.

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