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Horsham Liberal Democrats

Indefinite detention defeated in the Lords

March 18, 2016 5:09 PM
By Derek Deedman in House of Lords newsletter

The House of Lords voted this week to call an end to the indefinite detention of immigrants. The UK remains the only country in Europe which does not put an upper limit on how long immigrants can be detained.

Sally Hamwee has written for Lib Dem Voice since the victory describing those suffering under the current system: "You have no hope, as you don't know when you might be released, and at the same time you have no certainty as you might in fact be released tomorrow."

Commenting after the vote in the Lords, Brian Paddick, Liberal Democrat Lords' Home Affairs Spokesperson, said:

"It is absolutely shameful that our Government is the only one in Europe that thinks its right to lock people up without a time limit.

"Having innocent people abandoned in immigration detention indefinitely costs the UK taxpayers millions every year. Changing the system and letting people be productive members of society is not only the humane option but it is the best one for our economy too.

"The Government must change the rules. They must look at the rest of Europe and realise our treatment of these people is inhumane and causes huge mental anguish and suffering whilst achieving very little"

"I am proud that today the Liberal Democrats have told the Government to change their position, to come out of the darkness and to treat people with the respect and dignity they deserve"