Labour demands debate on MI5 powers
Saturday 23 September 1995
Labour yesterday called on Michael Howard, the Home Secretary, to publish a parliamentary White Paper on the Security Service, following the disclosure in the Independent that the Government has agreed to allow MI5 to extend its work into fighting organised crime and drug dealing.
Jack Straw, Labour's spokesman on home affairs, is concerned that fundamental changes to crime fighting are being pushed through without public debate. In a letter to Mr Howard yesterday he demanded a more accountable regime at the Security Service before any changes took place.
He said that any expansion of MI5's work into traditional policing "raises crucial issues about accountability, effectiveness, and individual liberty".
The historic decision to use MI5 agents and staff in the fight against serious crime is expected to be announced at the Conservative Party conference next month. It is the result of months of behind-the-scenes negotiations by Stella Rimington, the director-general of MI5, to allow the redeployment of her staff, who have been made virtually redundant by the IRA ceasefire.
- 1 Amy Winehouse statue unveiled in Camden
- 2 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 5 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
George Galloway on Scottish independence: The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained in Los Angeles after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
Scottish independence: Britain faces 'constitutional crisis' at next election
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
£50 - £65 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: We are looking for flexible and i...
£50 - £65 per annum: Randstad Education Leeds: We are looking for flexible and...
£130 - £160 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Qualified KS2 Supply Teacher r...
£130 - £160 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Qualified KS1 Teacher required,...