Tory MP Richard Graham accused of quoting Joseph Goebbels in defence of new surveillance bill

A Conservative MP used a quote widely attributed to Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels while defending the government's new surveillance bill.

Richard Graham, the MP for Gloucester, was addressing the House of Commons on the draft Investigatory Powers Bill when he said that "if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear".

I welcome this statement, which will help make the country safer and will prevent local authorities from accessing communications data.

The home secretary, Mr Speaker, rightly condemned the extraordinary claim by the shadow home secretary in an otherwise positive response that the prime minister had said that the entire Muslim population condoned extremism.

Would she confirm to the House today that in his speech on the 7th October, he specifically recognised the value of religious teaching across all religions but that the teaching of intolerance or separatism was not acceptable?

Would she also agree that many of us know of good examples of Islamic teaching in our constituencies and that the message today is very clear: we should unite against extremism using all modern tools appropriately and that if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.

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