Tuesday, March 8, 2005

Lords savage terror bill

Twenty Labour peers, including former lord chancellor Lord Irvine, a former mentor of Tony Blair he was studying for the Bar, has defeated the government's terror bill. The peers insisted that only the judiciary could impose control orders on terror suspects and not ministers.

The bill which only managed to squeeze through commons by a majority vote of only 14 (it would have been defeated if the Lib Dems attended the vote - shame on you!) - with the biggest Labour revolt ever - are already seen by some people as a mini-Patriot Act.

Source: Guardian

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