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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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Cooper: Bring back control orders to combat extremism

Control orders should be reintroduced if the government "is looking for a stronger policy against extremism", according to shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper.

Yvette Cooper said control orders should be reintroduced to combat extremism. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

She said that she hoped ministers had recognised that replacing control orders with Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (Tpims) was a mistake.

She added: "Theresa May has previously argued that Tpims were effective and strong enough, however the evidence has shown otherwise and it is time they reversed their decision."

There are currently no Tpims in use because the experts have warned that the police and the security services do not believe they are effective enough to be worth using, Cooper continued.

She said: "Since Tpims were introduced, two terror suspects absconded - one in a black cab, one in a burka. While the relocation power was used in control orders nobody absconded and the courts consistently upheld them as proportionate and lawful."

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