Sir: Michael Bartlet (letter, 27 August) is quite right about the detention of asylum-seekers. Detention by executive action without public hearing, without cause shown and without hearing both sides, infringes the very principle of the rule of law.
Liberal Democrats are committed to having all such detentions reviewed by a judge to discover whether they are, in fact, undertaken with good cause. This would not merely uphold law and liberty, it would even save millions of pounds of public money.
Liberal Democrat Social Security Spokesman
House of Lords