"We already have the longest pre-charge detention period of any comparable liberal democracy in the world. Yet the Government have indicated that they wish to extend it even further, beyond 28 days, to some undefined new figure, perhaps 42 days. However, the Home Secretary admits that there has not been one case where the police have needed longer than 28 days to question a suspect pre-charge. The evidential basis for extension is hypothetical at best.
"In the absence of compelling evidence, we will oppose any extension. Conservatives believe that the police and security services should be given the power to question terrorist suspects after they have been charged. We have also been consistently calling for the use of intercept evidence to be admissible in court. It works in many other countries and it can work here. Such measures would greatly enhance our ability to successfully prosecute suspected terrorists.
"The British people have fought hard throughout history for the civil liberties we enjoy today. Conservatives will fight hard to protect them."
Many thanks to Greg Hands MP and his assistant for clearing this up.
I am happy to report that the Tories may actually have a spine, after all...