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Labour MP: Data Bill should not be railroaded

Labour MP Tom Watson has hit out the emergency legislation announced by the government that will allow police and MI5 to probe mobile phone and internet data.

Read: New data laws to be rushed through parliament

Mr Watson said it was vital that MPs were given time to read and scrutinise any Bill.


Statement on Comms Data and Interception confirmed for this morning. MPs have not seen the BIll that will be railroaded through next week.


I've asked Labour's front bench to publicly oppose the rush for legislation. MPs need time to read any proposed Bill


Something terrible could be happeing in Parliament on Monday and I need your urgent attention:

More: Cameron says new data laws are vital to national security


PM: Now is not the time to scale back on surveillance

Prime Minister David Cameron said the new laws to be passed through parliament that will allow police and MI5 to access mobile and internet data is essentail and will enable security services to maintain their existing level of capabilities.

Read: New data laws to be rushed through parliament

It is the first duty of government to protect our national security and to act quickly when that security is compromised. As events in Iraq and Syria demonstrate, now is not the time to be scaling back on our ability to keep our people safe.

The Government has been forced to act as a result of a European Court of Justice ruling in April that a EU data retention directive implemented in 2009 was invalid because it interferes with the fundamental right to respect for private life.

The new laws come after Mr Cameron and his coalition deputy Nick Clegg struck a deal on the on the measures, after the Liberal Democrats blocked plans for a "snooper's charter".

Watch: Nick Clegg rejects 'snooper's charter'

Cameron to explain why data laws 'needed'

The Prime Minister said he will be explaining why new data laws will be rushed through parliament today.


I'll be explaining today why emergency legislation is needed to maintain powers to help keep us safe from those who would harm UK citizens.

Read: Emergency data laws to be rushed through parliament


Ariana Grande first to top Britain's streaming chart

Ariana Grande scored her first number one with her hit Problem featuring Iggy Azalea.
Ariana Grande scored her first number one with her hit Problem featuring Iggy Azalea. Credit: PA

US singer Ariana Grande has made British chart history by becoming the first number one single based on sales and streaming.

The 21-year-old's hit Problem featuring rapper Iggy Azalea was streamed 712,000 times. Grande also pulled in 106,000 sales, the Official Charts Company said.

It is the first time songs played on streaming services like Spotify, Deezer, Napster, O2 Tracks, Xbox Music and Sony's Music Unlimited have counted towards the chart rankings alongside physical and digital sales, the Official Charts Company said.

Of her debut number one, Grande said: "I'm so happy. Yay."

New chart count sees Ariana Grande way out in front

Earlier this week Official Charts Company said.said US singer Ariana Grande was way out in front to top the singles chart with Problem featuring Iggy Azalea selling more than double her nearest rival Ella Henderson.

New chart count sees Ariana Grande way out in front. Credit: Dennis Van Tine/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

By Tuesday Grande's song clocked up around 55,000 sales - with 1% of those from streaming, while Henderson's track Ghost had 21,000 sales, 8% of which were from streaming. George Ezra's Budapest was on course to rise to number three following his performance at last weekend's Glastonbury festival.

Meanwhile Ed Sheeran's Sing - expected to be number four - was predicted to be the most streamed track of the week with 13% of his sales accounted for through online listening, also possibly given a boost by his appearance at Glastonbury.

Other acts to have benefited from performing at the festival include country star Dolly Parton whose 1973 single Jolene is on course to make the top 40.

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