Emergency surveillance bill to be fast-tracked despite 49 MPs' opposition
Forty-nine MPs have voted against rushing the government's emergency surveillance legislation through all its Commons stages in just one day.
A deal between the three major parties, however, secured the fast-track timetable by 436 votes to 49, despite accusations from one Labour MP that the move amounted to "democratic banditry resonant of a rogue state".
The bill requires internet and phone companies to store the communications data generated by phone calls, email, texts and internet use for 12 months and make it accessible to police and security services.
MPs themselves, and Lords, are apparently exempt. No wonder so few of them were remotely bothered about scrutinising this bill before voting to apply it to the rest of us.