YOUR REPRESENTATIVES HAVE VOTED in favour of a third reading of the Investigatory Powers Bill by a margin of 444 to 69.
This is despite a wide campaign to urge MPs to vote against the bill. Either the message did not get through, or MPs just don't care. People and pressure groups do, however, and they would all really like to see the bill set on fire.
The Open Rights Group, which has thrown a number of punches at politicians and the proposals, is disappointed with the result and has committed to keeping the fight going.
"We'd like to thank you for all the work you've done so far to challenge the IP Bill. MPs voted in favour of the IP Bill by 444 to 69. This was disappointing but expected. We know how hard the government is trying to push this bill through," said executive director Jim Killock.
"The fight isn't over. First, the bill will now be debated in the House of Lords where they'll put it under more scrutiny. We have more chance of getting the amendments we've been fighting for in the Lords, and we'll make them aware of the bill's flaws. The Lords has a recent track record of pushing back on bad legislation."
Bills get three readings in the House of Commons before moving to the House of Lords for another three, and committee and report studies, so there are plenty of opportunities for change.
The proposed legislation went through pretty much the same process in the Commons and was bashed around like trainers in a washing machine. However, it survived despite all the objections.
David Anderson QC, an independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, has already condemned the bill and has begun a new study already.
"Conduct of the review will involve the close scrutiny and interrogation of a volume of very highly classified material," he said.
"I will be asking whether the government has established a robust operational case for the bulk powers it says it needs, and examining whether similar results could have been reached by other, less intrusive, means." µ
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