42 Days defeated in House of Lords

by Stephen Tall on October 13, 2008

This report from Sky News:

Peers voted 309 to 118 to reject a controversial proposal to hold terror suspects for up to 42 days without charge.

It only narrowly passed through the House of Commons in June – and was not expected to clear the upper house of Parliament.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith will make an emergency statement on the result in the Commons at 8:30pm tonight.

The latest bid to extend pre-charge detention for terror suspects was rejected by a coalition of Tory and Liberal Democrat peers and Labour rebels.

They backed a move by crossbencher Lord Dear, a former chief inspector of constabulary, to bar any extension beyond 28 days in the Counter-Terrorism Bill.