Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Govt wins 42 day terror detention

The new powers will add to already controversial stop & search powers

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has narrowly won a House of Commons vote on extending the maximum time police can hold terror suspects to 42 days. Some 37 Labour MPs joined forces with Conservative and Liberal Democrats to vote against the proposals. However, it was not enough to defeat the plan which proponents of the bill claim is needed to deal with complex terror plots. It was passed by 315 MPs to 306 votes [BBC / Sky News / CNN].

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