Security and Counter-terrorism

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 12:34 pm on 20th January 2010.

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Photo of John Reid John Reid Labour, Airdrie and Shotts 12:34 pm, 20th January 2010

I very much welcome the lead that the Prime Minister has shown today; his statement is concise, comprehensive and resolute. May I also encourage him to stick to an evidence-based approach, because nothing would be worse than taking action that is not justified by our existing law, and which would ultimately give a propaganda coup to those whom we seek to curb in their aims of terrorism? In that context, will he continue to seek consensus, not only throughout this House but throughout the country, and ensure that there is a communication and explanation strategy for the public, who will be inconvenienced by these measures, but will ultimately be protected by them?

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