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Muslim concerns-terrorism powers

The Leader, referring to his comments earlier, he said he wholly rejected the assertion that Britain was "a police state". He pointed out that nearly 30pc of his constituents were Muslim, and the vast majority wanted to live like everyone else. They were concerned about the obvious stereo-typing from which they had to suffer. They were also angry about criminal terrorists who darkened the name of Islam and the way in which their religion, which was a fine one, was linked unacceptably (as they believed) into the issue.

Mr Straw said that that Britain was a better place to live as a Muslim than anywhere else in Europe, without question. Muslims also wanted to see the criminal law upheld and also respect for religion. It was also not about indulging those people who claim that it was a police state, which was nonsense.

He pointed out that there were bound to be a lot of suspects police needed to arrest under terrorism powers but, following investigation, were then released without charge. Mr Straw said there was also a lot of misinformation. The ratio of those charged with various offences under the criminal law after being arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000 was higher than often imagined.

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