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Emergency data law 'done in secret by party leaders'

An emergency law to ensure police and security services can continue to access people's phone and internet records is the result of a "secret deal between party leaders", Labour MP Tom Watson has said.

He told the Today programme that the legislation was being pushed through without MPs seeing the bill.

But Sir Malcolm Rifkind, chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee, explained that the House of Commons and House of Lords would still have the opportunity to vote on the bill if party leaders agree on it initially.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Thursday 10 July.

  • 10 Jul 2014
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