New Labour terror defeat in Lords

New Labour terror defeat in Lords

The government has suffered another defeat in the House of Lords over its counter-terrorism proposals, this time over the use of intercept evidence.

Opposition peers united to pass an amendment calling on judges sitting as coroners to have access to sensitive evidence such as tapped phone calls.

The disclosure, at inquests, of details obtained via surveillance could hinder investigatory methods, ministers said.

Previous defeats came over DNA samples and detention of terrorist suspects.

The debate on the bill can be found here.


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