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  • Saturday, January 29, 2005

    MPs will revolt over house arrest plans

    The Clarke initiative to introduce house arrest in Britain for both foreign "terror suspects" and British nationals as "terror suspects" have quite rightly caused some controversy. Blair & Co cannot consider these plans to be a forgone conclusion, and many MPs will oppose the plans:

    Neither the Conservatives nor the Liberal Democrats have decided how they will vote on the measures and say they are waiting to study the details. But Mark Oaten, the Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, said he was "extremely concerned" at the threat to include families. "I'm worried Charles Clarke is sounding over-keen on the use of control orders. These shouldn't be treated as anti-social behaviour orders." Shami Chakrabarti, director of the human rights pressure group Liberty, said: "In a country of suspects not citizens, even the children will not be presumed innocent. At least the Home Secretary is beginning to honestly set out the full, chilling logic of his new proposals." Robert Marshall-Andrews, Labour MP for Medway, said: "I think there will be a narrow majority in the Commons if the Government attempt to push it through and it will fail in the Lords. If they do, there will be one of the most sizeable rebellions in Labour ranks, not least because it will be electoral suicide."
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