Gordon Brown’s plans to toughen Britain’s terrorism laws have come under attack from an influential parliamentary human rights committee. Less than a week before a crucial vote on the issue, the committee said proposed amendments on the legislation were negligible and it would still violate the European Convention on Human Rights.
The government wants to extend the current 28 day limit for holding terrorism suspects without charge to 42. But the Prime Minister is facing a possible rebellion by up to 50 Labour members at the vote – at a time when his popularity is at rock-bottom.
Hoping to win over the sceptics, ministers have already submitted amendments to the bill.
They say the new powers would only be used in cases of “excepional threat.”, taken to mean something on the scale of the 2005 London bombings.