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.

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Expected of course, but st?ll – woo!

by Jul?an H from cafe ?n Istanbul on October 13, 2008 at 8:33 pm. Reply #

Before we get to triumphalist, we have again voted for a doubling of the limit that sufficed for 4 years after 9/11 (ie 14 days)

by Hywel Morgan on October 13, 2008 at 8:37 pm. Reply #

Jacqui Smith saying that 42 days will be dropped from the bill.

However there will be a new bill prepared ready to be brought forward “should the worst happen”. Which really goes to undermine the claims that 42 days detention was needed as a preventative measure

by Hywel Morgan on October 14, 2008 at 12:04 am. Reply #

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