Tory: Government 'approved' Miranda detention

A Conservative former minister has accused the Government of approving the detention of David Miranda, suggesting it had allowed police to "misuse" anti-terror laws.

David Davis said the Home Office, Foreign Secretary and "almost certainly the Prime Minister" would have been aware of the move to hold and question Miranda.

Davis dismissed claims the Home Office was unaware of the move to hold Miranda. Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

"No one's suggesting they directed it, but they approved it by implication," said Davis, who was Foreign Office Minister under John Major.

"If the Home Secretary is told this is going to happen and she does not intervene, then she's approving it," the MP added.