June 12th, 2008

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Email to My MP (Counter Terrorism Bill)

I discovered today that my local MP didn't vote in yesterdays crucial Counter Terrorism Bill which will allow the government to detain terror suspects for 42 days without charge.

Now admittedly if he'd voted for it I'd have been writing to him but not to have voted at all is even worse in many ways.

Letter below (with my personal details xxx'd)


Rudi Vis MP
Finchley and Golders Green

Thursday 12 June 2008
Angus Abranson

angus @ cubicle7.co.uk

Dear Rudi Vis,

I was dismayed to find out that you didn't vote in the Counter Terrorism Bill on the 11th June 2008 where the goverment increased the power to detain terror suspects without charge for 42 days.

I, as I am sure a number of your constituants, would be interested why you were not present at such an important bill (regardless of how you would have voted whether or not I and others would have agreed with it - it is a bill of major concern and should have been voted on).

Now I am sure - or atleast hope - that the House of Lords won't ratify this bill but surely you owe those who voted you in to hear your voice and vote on the matter.

I look forward to your reply on this matter and would also be very interested to know how you would have voted had you been in attendence. Or if you abstained from voting what your reasons were?

Yours sincerely,

Angus Abranson