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Monday 4 March 2013

The Daily Mail letter on No to Secret Courts. #iamspartacus #iamjoshaw

Here's the 'No to Secret Courts' letter in today's Daily Mail with all the signatories by yesterday. If you'd also like to sign Dm @_joshaw on Twitter or e mail Jo at  jo@libdemsagainstsecretcourts.org.uk

No to secret courts: A letter from 116 Liberal Democrats

Dear Sir, 
We are writing to urge all MPs to do the right thing by voting against Part II of the Justice and Security Bill when it has its Report stage in the Commons today.
The Justice and Security Bill runs a coach and horses through fair trial guarantees which have been part of our country's constitution since the Civil War and which were first enshrined in the Magna Carta. The secret court measures contained in the Bill could even apply to habeas corpus proceedings.
The stakes for our country could not be higher. The "War on Terror" led to many mistakes: liberty was sacrificed in the name of security. This led directly to British agents facilitating kidnap and torture such as the cases of Binyam Mohammed and Abdul-Hakim Belhaj. For those who are victims of such crimes to be shut out of the trials of their own claims for damages runs totally contrary to any notion of justice.
As the Special Advocates reiterated last week, the case for this Bill has not been made. The Joint Committee on Human Rights reported on 28th February 2013 that the government has failed to meet its requirements to make "Closed Material Procedures" less unfair.
We call on all MPs now to act before it is too late, and they become complicit in irrevocable damage to our constitution.
This issue goes beyond party politics. However, as Liberal Democrats the protection of civil liberties is of crucial importance. We are looking to Nick Clegg to lead the Liberal Democrat MPs in opposition to the Bill. 
Opposition to Part II is what liberal democracy demands of us. Secret courts must not form any part of the legacy of a government in which Liberal Democrats have a role.
Yours faithfully, 

1. Jo Shaw, Member of Liberal Democrat Federal Executive, London 
2. Martin Tod, Member of Liberal Democrat Federal Executive, Winchester 
3. Sarah Ludford MEP 
4. David Howarth, Cambridge 
5. Lord Strasburger 
6. Professor Philippe Sands QC, Camden 
7. Sandra Gidley, Romsey 
8. Robin Meltzer, Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Richmond 
9. Elaine Bagshaw, Federal Executive member, London 
10. Daisy Cooper, Federal Executive member 
11. Mark Pack, Federal Policy Committee member 
12. Gareth Epps, Federal Policy Committee, Social Liberal Forum co-chair 
13. Benjamin Mathis, Hackney 
14. Sally Hooker, Greenwich 
15. Tracy Connell, Newcastle, Regional Officer 
16. Christina Shaw, Leeds NW 
17. David Shaw, Leeds NW 
18. Matt Whayman, Runnymede and Weybridge 
19. Chris Richards, Camden 
20. John L Oakes, London N6 
21. Paula Keaveney, Liverpool, Police and Crime Commissioner candidate, Merseyside 
22. Alix Mortimer, Haringey 
23. Tom Polak - Campaigns Secretary Nottingham Liberal Youth 
24. Rob Knight, Haringey 
25. Caron Lindsay, Member of Liberal Democrat Federal Executive, Livingston 
26. Charlotte Henry, Liberal Reform, Barnet 
27. Gemma Roulston, membership secretary, LDDA 
28. Lady Ellen Dahrendorf, London NW3 
29. Ruth Edmonds, Oxford 
30. Nick Thornsby, Liberal Reform, Rochdale 
31. Geoff Hinchliffe, Shipdham 
32. Peter Lloyd, Birmingham 
33. Councillor Jonathan Bloch 
34. Mark Platt, Westminster & City of London party 
35. Tom Barney 
36. Roger Crouch, Twickenham 
37. Jennifer Liddle, Cambridgeshire 
38. Kirsten de Keyser, Camden 
39. Andrew Brown, Bristol 
40. Simon McGrath, Chair, Merton Liberal Democrats, Liberal Reform 
41. Scott Walker, Nottingham 
42. John Faulkner, Guildford 
43. Kat Dadswell, Liverpool 
44. Cllr James Baker, Calderdale Liberal Democrats.
45. Emily Fieran-Reed, Islington 
46. Cllr Alaric Rose, Cherwell District Council 
47. David Wright, Harlow 
48. Nick Barlow, Colchester 
49. Tony Miller, President, Ealing Liberal Democrats 
50. Phil Stevens Chair Liberal Democrat Disability Association 
51. Mrs Janet King, Chair, Bromsgrove Liberal Democrats 
52. Corry Cashman, Leighton Buzzard 
53. Prof. Denis Mollison, Musselburgh 
54. Cllr Richard Cheney, Lib Dem Group Leader, Stratford DC 
55. Robert Leslie, Treasurer, Banffshire & Buchan Coast Liberal Democrats 
56. Hannah Bettsworth, Edinburgh South 
57. Simon P. Hughes, Epping Forest, Social Liberal Forum 
58. Richard Broadbent, Sutton 
59. Jonathan Price, London SE24 
60. Chris Smart, Chester 
61. Fionn O'Donovan, Oxford 
62. Richard Lowe 
63. Prateek Buch 
64. Charles Scanlan, London NW8 
65. Chris Nelson, Kettering & Wellingborough 
66. Rev Simon Wilson, Broadland 
67. Peter Brooks 
68. Neville Farmer 
69. Cllr Janet Battye, Liberal Democrat Leader, Calderdale MBC 
70. Anthony Fairclough, London Region Exec & Merton Borough 
71. Jonathan Calder 
72. David Abrahams, Camden 
73. Richard Morris, Richmond and Twickenham 
74. Alex Marsh, Bristol 
75. Geoff Payne, Hertfordshire 
76. Peter Reisdorf, West Kirby 
77. Bridget Fox, Islington 
78. Paul Wild, Walsall 
79. Lisa Smart, Hazel Grove 
80. Ros Gordon, Hampshire 
81. Patrick Hadfield, Edinburgh 
82. Lancelot Casely-Hayford, Liberal Youth Campaigns Officer 
83. Reece Edmends - Liberal Youth Non-Portfolio Officer 
84. Timothy Oliver, Hull 
85. Ellis R Palmer, Secretary of the Univeristy of Birmingham Liberal Democrats 
86. Robert Pitt, Secretary, Leeds Liberal Youth 
87. Kavya Kaushik, Liberal Youth co-Chair 
88. Joe Donnelly, Chair of Durham University Liberal Democrats 
89. Kevin McNamara, President of University of Kent Liberal Democrats 
90. Sam Fisk, Liberal Youth co-Chair 
91. Jezz Palmer, Youth and Student Rep, Winchester 
92. Conor McKenzie, Harrogate, Liberal Youth International Officer 
93. Ashley Wilkes - President of Lancaster University Liberal Democrats 
94. Jonathan Lancaster, York Outer 
95. Alexander J. Harding Last, Ipswich 
96. Will Fielding, Hull and Hessle Liberal Youth Officer 
97. Harry Matthews, Sheffield 
98. Alex Barry, Norwich 
99. Stuart Wheatcroft, Chair, West Midlands Liberal Youth 
100. James Higgin, Aberdeen 
101. Emma Sandrey, Cardiff Central 
102. Samuel Barratt 
103. Cllr Mathew Hulbert, Barwell, Leicestershire 
104. Dr Maria Pretzler, Swansea & Gower 
105. Katrin McClure, East Yorks 
106. Cllr Keith Moffitt, Leader, Liberal Democrats, Camden 
107. Conor McGovern-Paul, Kingston-upon-Thames 
108. Marek Lipinski, Ealing 
109. Jacquie Bell, Dunbar, Scotland 
110. Brian James Woodcraft,Eltham, London 
111. Jean Evans, Chester 
112. Jason Lower, Tonbridge and Malling 
113. Cllr Terry Stacy, Leader, Islington Liberal Democrats 
114. Adam Bernard, Cambridge 
115. Chris Caswill, Wiltshire 
116. Ed Fordham, Camden

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