Brown pushes for 42 day detention

January 20, 2008 in news by Emma

Prime Minster Gordon Brown is pressing ahead with controversial plans to extend the time terror suspects can be held without charge to 42 days.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is due to meet backbench Labour MPs on Monday to try to win over opponents.

But Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has said his party will join forces with the Tories in the Lords to defeat the move.

Mr Clegg predicted Mr Brown would suffer the first defeat of his premiership on the issue.

But the prime minister said he believed it was still possible to reach a cross-party consensus when the government publishes its Counter Terrorism Bill later this week.

He claimed all the main parties accepted there could be circumstances in which suspects would need to be detained beyond the current 28-day limit.

It’s good to see that people are resisting, at least. Keep up the fight, guys!