Gordon Brown is preparing for a humiliating climbdown over his proposal to hold terrorist suspects for 42 days after being told that it will be defeated in the House of Lords. Ministers admit privately that there is not "a cat in Hell's chance" of the legislation, which returns to the Lords this week, being passed into law. The Government has decided against using the Parliament Act to force the measure through after peers reject it, The Times has learnt. That decision will effectively confine the controversial proposal - which the Prime Minister fought tooth and nail to get through a Commons vote in June - to the legislative dustbin
Full article: Sean O'Neill, and Francis Elliott, The Times 06/10/08
New minister may cap immigration
The new immigration minister has hinted that Labour may take the political risk of adopting a "balanced migration" policy to restrict population growth in Britain. In his first interview since being given the job yesterday, Phil Woolas vowed to toughen the current legislation, claiming that it was vital to "provide confidence to the indigenous population that migration is under control". Woolas expressed sympathy with a campaign led by Frank Field, the Labour rebel, who has called for a statutory limit on the number of foreigners allowed to settle in Britain.
Full article: Jonathan Oliver Political Editor, The Times 06/10/08
War in Afghanistan cannot be won, British commander Brigadier Mark Carleton-Smith warns
The war in Afghanistan cannot be won, Britain's most senior military commander in the country has warned. Brigadier Mark Carleton-Smith said the British public should not expect "a decisive military victory" and that he believed groups of insurgents would still be at large after troops pulled out.
By Caroline Gammell, The Telegraph, 05 Oct 2008