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People from black and minority ethnic backgrounds account for more than half of those strip-searched by the Metropolitan Police in the past three years, according to “extremely alarming” figures collected by the force.

Black shortlists 'would create political apartheid'

Black and Asian Labour MPs have attacked plans by the Government to bring in "all-black" shortlists to boost the number of MPs from ethnic minorities.

Privacy fears as police cleared over bugging

Ministers faced anger over the advance of Britain's "surveillance society" as an official report confirmed that police had bugged a the private conversations of a Labour MP.

MP was bugged in jail visit, says Smith

Conversations between a Labour MP and a constituent of his in prison were bugged, the Government confirmed today.



Pandora: Lembit's feeling spooked

Sadiq Khan isn't the only MP to have had his private conversations bugged. Parliamentary stud muffin Lembit Opik, who dates Cheeky Girl Gabriela Irimia, also reckons he's attracted some unwanted eavesdroppers in the past. "When I was a councillor in the 1990s, I was also involved in a democracy organisation which meant I was dealing with various East European countries," he tells me.

Steve Richards: Our security services lack all scrutiny

There is only one certainty when a murky story erupts about someone being bugged. Amidst the darkness there will be a flurry of warnings that Britain is becoming a police state, similar to the former regimes in eastern Europe. Over the past few days the predictable warnings have swamped the few details in the case involving the bugging of the Labour MP Sadiq Khan.

Intelligence services demand veto on use of bugging evidence

The use of intercept evidence in court for the first time could be stalled by demands from the intelligence services for a right of veto over the use of the transcripts from their secret bugging operations. The CIA is also unhappy that its intercepted phone calls or conversations between suspected terrorists could be produced in British courts.

Brown and Straw branded liars over bugging of Labour whip

Gordon Brown and Jack Straw, the Justice Secretary, have been accused of lying by David Davis, the shadow Home Secretary, over assurances that ministers did not know about the bugging of a private conversation between the Labour MP Sadiq Khan and the suspected terrorist Babar Ahmad.

Andrew Grice: Subversive – or just a supporter of human rights?

Two years ago, I tipped Sadiq Khan in The Independent as a rising star and MP to watch. I didn't know him then, but was reflecting rave reviews by his Labour colleagues. He wrote me a nice letter and offered to buy me lunch, a rare event in my 20 years at Westminster. We got on well and have kept in touch since.

Leading article: Is something bugging you?

A much-needed public debate about covert surveillance has begun, thanks to the allegation that counter-terrorism police officers secretly recorded discussions between the Tooting MP, Sadiq Khan, and a constituent, Babar Ahmad. Mr Khan was visiting Mr Ahmad in Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes, where his constituent is awaiting extradition to the US on charges of supporting terrorism. If their conversation was recorded, this was a breach of the so-called "Wilson Doctrine" which forbids the secret surveillance of MPs without explicit ministerial approval.

Dominic Lawson: Once again, MPs insult our intelligence

The days are over when the Commons could be run as a private club for members

Police officer says he was forced into bugging Muslim MP

A police officer last night claimed he was forced by the Metropolitan Police to carry out the bugging of a meeting in prison between Babar Ahmed, a terrorist suspect, and his MP, Sadiq Khan.

Surveillance chief to probe MP 'bugging'

The Chief Surveillance Commissioner Sir Christopher Rose is to carry out an inquiry into allegations that a conversation between Labour MP Sadiq Khan and an inmate in Woodhill Prison was bugged, the Government confirmed today.

Brown was warned that MP was being bugged, say Conservatives

Gordon Brown was dragged into a row over the alleged bugging of an MP yesterday after the Conservatives claimed they warned him of the practice weeks ago.

Sarah Michelle Gellar: 'I was always different'

At four years old, Sarah Michelle Gellar wanted to be on TV. The Buffy star is just as determined now, finds Lesley O'Toole
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