Archive of 20 February 2007

Reid faces fresh criticisms over foreign prisoners

Reid under fire over foreign prisoners

John Reid faces renewed criticism of the handling of the foreign prisoners scandal, after figures released by the Home Office show that 28 of the 189 foreign serious offenders wrongly freed from prison are still at large in the UK.

  • Brown is thought to support a greater role for parliament

    Peers criticise 'split' govt for 'fudged' response

    Peers have criticised the government's "fudged" response to their report into parliament's role in waging war, insinuating that internal divisions with the cabinet are to blame for the alleged shortcomings.

  • Tony Blair has written to ID card critics

    Blair leads with security in ID debate

    Tony Blair has written to thousands of identity card critics in an attempt to gain support for the scheme, although he concedes that his arguments will do little to convince those who oppose ID cards on the grounds of civil liberties.

  • MPs are told to accept phone taps

    MPs 'above the law' with phone-taps

    The rules banning phone-taps on MPs should be lifted, the interception of communications commissioner has argued.

  • The Lords defeated the government over its medical health bill

    Peers defeat government over mental health bill

    A cross party group of peers has challenged the government's mental health bill, with the Lords voting for a series of amendments that weaken the proposed act's power to detain people with severe personality disorders without consent.

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