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The police power to detain terror suspects without charge will revert from 28 days to 14 days at midnight on Monday. Theresa May introduced an emergency six-month extension to the limit in July, to give the Government more time to conduct a review of counter-terrorism measures. The Home Office is expected to make a full announcement about the future of counter-terrorism powers including control orders next week.
Labour MPs have accused the Government of trying to dodge a debate on the controversial pre-charge detention limit. Shadow home secretary Ed Balls said: "MPs should have the time to debate the Government’s plans and any new arrangements before the current limits expire. This whole review has been shambolic from start to finish and Parliament has been treated with contempt with weeks of leaks but still no statement to MPs.”
The reduction in police powers coincides with an admission by Downing Street that it has “concerns” about Hizb ut-Tahrir, and that David Cameron maintains the views he expressed about the organisation in opposition.
The Prime Minister's spokesman said: “It is not our practice to comment on whether or not an organisation is or is not under consideration for proscription.”
Ed Balls has written to Mr Cameron over his pre-election commitment to outlaw the group, asking him to clarify if and when he plans to do so and whether or not he has discussed the issue with Home Secretary Theresa May. Mr Balls quotes Mr Cameron's manifesto commitment to ban Hizb ut-Tahir and questions his subsequent failure to do so while in Government.
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