Dear Editor, This week, the Conservative Shadow Home Secretary David Davis is standing down as an MP in order to fight a by-election on the issue of 42 days detention without charge.
His decision appeared to take everybody by surprise - including we in his Party - but nevertheless he has touched a nerve with the public in a way rarely seen in modern politics, as phone ins and internet bulletin boards have been clogged by people expressing their admiration and support.
I wholeheartedly support David Davis' stand, and like David Cameron I will be travelling to Haltempriceand Howden to campaign for Mr Davis. This is an issue that cuts across Party politics. David Davis is supported by Shami Chakrabarti, the Director of the pressure group Liberty, and there is even the suggestion that rebel Labour MPs Bob Marshall-Andrews and Ian Gibson will campaign on his behalf.
As a former Army Officer for nine years, I swore an oath to put my life on the line in defence of our ancient liberties and freedoms. To oppose 42 days detention without charge is not to be soft on terrorism. On the contrary, it is those like Gordon Brown who are so quick to hand our way of life over on a plate who are doing the terrorist's job for them. They want to destroy our freedoms. Brown is helping them do so.
The fact is, there is no evidence to suggest that 42 days is required. So far, half of all those who have been held for up to 28 days have turned out to be innocent. MI5 say they are not asking for 42 days. The former Attorney General doesn't want it. The head of the Crown Prosecution Service doesn't want it. And no other Western democracy comes even close - we will now have the most draconian detention laws of any European nation.
If the evidence was there, the Conservative would support Brown over this. But the argument is so poor, that Brown only won the Commons vote through bullying and grubby backroom deals - literally buying the votes of the DUP with our cash.
Some politicians try to create a climate of fear for their own purposes. Brown has tried repeatedly to frighten the British people into giving the State ever more power. The politics of fear is despicable because it worries people unnecessarily. I believe the British people will see through Brown's bluster and will return David Davis with a huge majority - even if Brown has apparently bottled this by-election like he has bottled every other chance to face a public vote.
Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for North Warwickshire and Bedworth.
Leaving the EU best way to give power to the people
Dear Editor, Gisela Stuart MP wants the government to take steps towards return-ing powers to nation states (Post, 16 June).
Unfortunately, the terms of EU membership commits to the goals of the treaties as well as their letter. These specify a never-ending commitment to European integration and are backed by a commitment to do nothing to jeopardise its achievement.
There is a legal ratchet known as 'acquis communautaire' that regards the transfer of powers to EU level as 'permanent'. Under case law dating back to 1964, the European Court of 'Justice' would have to rule that it was illegal for other countries to even discuss the return of powers with us.
The one way to give power back to our Parliament and people is to leave the EU, but the good news is that other countries outside enjoy free trade with Europe, and can co-operate where it helps both sides.
Campaign Manager, New Alliance PO Box 13199 London SW6 6ZU
Brum idea already lights up its neighbour
Dear Editor, I was pleased to read the article in The Birmingham Post regarding the proposed Council 'Lighting Places' strategy, especially the point made about "borrowing ideas from major European cities".
Does this mean that the City of Wolverhampton is now recognised by Birmingham as amajor European city?
I ask, because such a lighting scheme was successfully introduced there over ten years ago, which made a very successful contribution to the regeneration of its city centre and local centres because of their location, use, heritage and design.
I hope the proposed scheme, when fully implemented, is as successful in Birmingham as it has been in the neighbouring city of Wolverhampton.
Our sympathies to China
Dear Editor, On behalf of Staffordshire University's students, staff and national and international partners, I would like to send our sincere condolences to the families and friends of all those killed, injured and still presumed missing in the devastation of China's earthquake.
Staffordshire University is a global community with partners in many Chinese regions, including Beijing, Shanghai and the provinces of Sichuan, Liaoning, Jiangxi and Guangdong.
The University has over 250 students from China Therefore we have an extensive, warm and accommodating Chinese Society at the University, as well as a large local community around the region, who also feels deeply for all those affected by the earthquake and wish to join in solidarity with the people of China at this difficult time.
As an institution, Staffordshire University shares this sentiment fully and wishes to offer any Higher Educational assistance to our extended family that may be of help in the future, and our sincerest sympathy to all of the people of China.
Professor Christine E King DL
Staffordshire University Vice-Chancellor, College Road, Stoke-on-Trent.