City MP wants more muscle for people defending homes

North West Cambridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara. Photo: Peterborough Telegraph
North West Cambridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara. Photo: Peterborough Telegraph
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North West Cambridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara is looking to toughen up the law that allows householders to protect their homes against intruders.

The city MP says residents should be allowed to use whatever force is necessary if they encounter an intruder.

At the moment, residents are restricted by law to using only “reasonable force”.

But Mr Vara is helping to push the Government’s Crime and Courts Bill though Parliament and if approved would change the “reasonable force” definition.

The Bill was passed by a panel of MPs, including Mr Vara, after a line by line discussion. It goes before the House today and has three more stages to go to secure Royal Assent.

Mr Vara said: “This seeks to put into law what I have long argued for and I first raised the issue in a Private Member’s Bill in 2006.

He said there needed to be greater clarity in the law to ensure householders did not have to go through the stress and anguish of going to trial before being finally acquitted.

“This legislation is long overdue. I am very pleased that from today we are one step closer to that happening.

“People acting in self defence in their homes should know that the law is on their side and not the intruders.

“They should be allowed to use whatever force is necessary to defend themselves and their loved ones and not be restricted by using only “reasonable” force.

“This is common sense and it is high time that the law reflected this. An Englishman’s home is still his castle.”

Secretary of State for the Home Department Theresa May praised Mr Vara and other MPs for campaigning to raise the issue.

She said: “I congratulate them on having successfully brought this issue to the attention of Parliament and the public.”

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