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Blair: UK Parties United To Defeat Terror


Blair: UK Parties United To Defeat Terror

All parties are working together to examine a whole new range of anti-terror measures over the summer, Tony Blair said today.

The Prime Minister was speaking after discussing proposals with Opposition politicians at No 10 Downing Street.

All parties are supporting the creation of three new offences outlawing inciting terrorism, preparing an attack and giving or receiving terror training.

Other measures, including increasing the time terror suspects can be held without charge and increased use of phone taps and other intercept evidence in court, are being considered.

The proposals will be finalised and put to the Opposition parties in September, the PM told his monthly press conference. He said:

"I am very pleased that the cross-party consensus on the way forward is continuing.

"I think when the main political parties present a united front then you send an important signal to the terrorists of our strength, our determination, our unity to defeat them."

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