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Terror bill voted through despite major revolt

The Government today suffered a bruising backbench revolt as it pushed controversial anti-terror laws through the House of Commons.
MPs voted 272-219 in favour of the Prevention of Terrorism Bill after key concessions from Home Secretary Charles Clarke.

The Government earlier saw its 161-strong majority slashed to just 14 as a cross-party amendment was narrowly rejected by the Commons despite the support of 62 Labour rebels.

The Bill now goes to the House of Lords where it faces further opposition. Mr Clarke may have to give yet further ground if his plans are to get through the lords.

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