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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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PM announces new measures to combat extremism

David Cameron has announced new laws to combat extremism, after warning of the growing threat of Islamic State to the UK's security.

While the UK had already taken steps to tackle the issue, more action was needed to fill "gaps in our armoury", Mr Cameron said.

He said new legislation would be introduced to seize passports and to ensure authorities can prosecute people for all terrorist activity including when it is overseas.

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