Reply from Nick Hawkins MP

I've had a reply from Nick Hawkins MP (Con) to my letter.

It reads:

Thank you for your letter of 29 January on the subject of the decision about Belmarsh. I will send the Home Secretary a copy of your letter so that he too is aware of your concerns in this regard and will write to you again when I have a reply.

Yours sincerely,


He has completely ignored the bit which says 'I would be extremely interested to hear your personal views on this matter.'

I know the views of Charles Clarke, though I'm happy that the home secretary will know that he is opposed - what I don't know are the views of my own MP. If when he replies he simply forwards the response of Clarke, then I shall press him on this issue. Especially as he lists his special interests on his website as 'Home affairs, law and order...'

I don't hold out much hope though... he's been deselected as the Tory candidate in the next election. What I don't know are the views of the new conservative candidate (this is a safe tory seat).

The new candidate seems to be someone called Michael Gove.

The Lib dem candidate is Rosalyn Harper (eek, I've got to the age when parliamentary candidates are younger than I am).

I've emailed them both with a copy of the letter I've sent to Nick Hawkins and asked for their responses. I haven't bothered with the labour candidate as they don't stand a snowball's chance in hell of getting in here.