Home Office minister Vernon Coaker warned, however, that solving crimes such as the murder of Rhys Jones, the boy shot in Liverpool in 2007, would be difficult, if not impossible, without police access to communications data.
He said: “Communications data is the what, where, and when of communication and plays a vital part in a wide range of criminal investigations and prevention of terrorist attacks as well as contributing to public safety more generally.”
A privy council review into the use of intercept evidence in court cases is now unlikely to be completed until the summer at the earliest, it was announced yesterday. Smith told MPs that a further stage of work was urgently needed to “test the viability of the model” that has been developed.
This is extraordinary – using the death of a child to appeal directly to the baser instincts of tabloid readers to justify the unjustifiable. By God, I’m glad I left the Labour Party now. Jacqui Smith is has morphed into a Stasi moll who’s been seduced by an Accenture consultant. Heaven help us, it might be time for the LibDems…