Former top lawyer says anti-terror laws 'may not be legal'

Former Attorney General Dominic Grieve has voiced concerns about the legality of new anti-terror measures, while Labour has accused the Government of being "unclear" in their plans.

The comments come after David Cameron unveiled a series of new measures including giving police the powers to seize passports at UK borders of British citizens they suspect could be travelling abroad to fight with terror groups.

The move follows the announcement on Friday that the UK's terror threat has been upgraded from 'substantial' to 'severe', with the Home Secretary saying an attempted attack was now "highly likely".

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Poll: UK Public 'oppose airstrikes on Islamic State'

A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa, Iraq. Credit: Reuters

The majority of the British public still oppose airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, according to a poll.

Research by ComRes for the Independent found 35% of people thought the UK should take the action, compared to 50% who disagreed.

The idea of committing ground troops is even less popular, with just 20% in favour and 69% opposed.

The findings emerged after David Cameron again refused completely to rule out joining an international air campaign against IS.

Some 61% supported taking away the passports and citizenship of Britons suspected of joining the extremist group.

ComRes interviewed 1,001 adults by telephone between August 29 and 31. Data were weighted to represent the population and by past vote recall.


Labour 'unclear' on government anti-terror plans

Despite say that they were willing to work with the government on new anti-terrorism plans, the Shadow Home Secretary said that Labour were still "unclear" as to what anti-terror measures the government were proposing

I'm glad the Government has admitted it was a mistake to weaken counter-terror powers four years ago, and has agreed to our call for the return of the stronger powers.

More needs to be done, based on evidence, to stop people being drawn into extremism.

Labour will work with ministers on further proposals but it remains extremely unclear what they are actually proposing.

– Yvette Cooper MP

Labour will 'work with government' on anti-terror plans

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Labour will work with the government on plans to deal with the terror threat that the UK faces, Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has said in an official statement.

Labour will work with the Government on evidence-based plans to stop people being drawn into extremism and deal with the threat. We need both strong powers and strong safeguards to protect democracy and keep our country safe.

– Yvette Cooper MP


PM: Adhering to British values 'not a choice'

Adhering to British values is not an option or a choice, the Prime Minister said in a statement to the House of Commons, as he outlined new anti-terrorism measures.

Plans to bolster existing UK anti-terror legislation

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In addition to tighter passport controls, new powers will be introduced to further enhance existing terrorism prevention and investigation measures (Tpims), including "stronger locational constraints", the Prime Minister has announced.

In a statement to the House of Commons, the Prime Minister also said:

Adhering to British values is not an option or a choice. It is a duty for all those who live in these islands so we will stand up for our values, we will in the end defeat this extremism and we will secure our way of life for generations to come.

– David Cameron
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