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Did Keith Vaz privately seek Gordon Brown’s views on 42 days?

Posted in detention without charge, politicians on liberty by ukliberty on October 1, 2008

If so, it’s a big no no!

The Observer (hat-tip David Moss):

Keith Vaz, the chairman of the home affairs select committee, sought the private views of Gordon Brown for an independent report into government plans to extend the detention of terror suspects beyond 28 days.

Emails which have been seen by The Observer suggest that the MP for Leicester East spoke secretly to the Prime Minister about the committee’s draft paper and proposed a meeting because ‘we need to get his [Brown’s] suggestions’.

The disclosure has deeply concerned committee members and civil liberties campaigners. Select committee reports are supposed to be compiled independently of government influence. …

I trust he will be appropriately rewarded.


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  1. SteveB said, on October 3, 2008 at 11:58 am

    Amnesty’s just launced a new petition against 42 days, at – I’ve attached a load more info in a comment on the “About” page. We’ll also be launching a new online film on 13 October, as a way of getting more people to sign the petition. Let me know if you’d like any more info.

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