Skip navigation

Indymedia UK is a network of individuals, independent and alternative media activists and organisations, offering grassroots, non-corporate, non-commercial coverage of important social and political issues

Prevention of Terrorism Bill: Lobby of Birmingham MP’s - 5th March

Birmingham Imcer | 04.03.2005 16:45 | Repression | Terror War | Birmingham

At least two MP’s are to be lobbied in Birmingham on the issue of the renewal of special powers, including Control Orders, to be given to the Home Secretary.

Khalid Mahmood (Perry Barr) Scheduled for 12:00 5th March 2005 (His surgery continues until 2.00 p.m. )
Rookery Road School
Rookery Road (off Soho Road)

Gisela Stuart (Edgbaston) Scheduled for 9.30 a.m. 5th March 2005 (Her surgery at this address starts at 9.00 a.m. and continues until 10.30 a.m.
Quinborne Community Centre
Ridgacre Road

Attached is a document listing surgery times for all the Birmingham MP’s, if anyone organises a lobby with one of the other MP’s email as soon as possible so we can inform other mailing lists including ours so their constituents can join you for the lobby.

There is deep concern that the Prevention of Terrorism Bill is being rushed through the House of Commons with unseemly haste and without the appropriate Parliamentary and public scrutiny it requires.

The Bill proposes to remove the presumption of innocence as the core
principle of British justice and vests the power with the Home Secretary to deprive a person of his/her liberty on the basis of suspicion rather than proof.

The Bill proposes closed retrospective judicial reviews where evidence
obtained by secret intelligence will be used. The accused will thus
not be able to test the evidence against him or her.

There are grave fears that the Bill if implemented will lead to gross violations of human rights, erosion of civil liberties and miscarriages of justice.

Useful links for lobbying: - CAMPACC Campaign Against Criminalising Communities

Birmingham Imcer