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Questions of Security: A BBC News special

Huw Edwards hosted a special BBC News programme which allowed the public to raise questions and concerns relating to all the recent bombings in London. He was joined for the interactive debate by Lord Falconer QC, David Davis MP, Sir Ian Blair, Janet Daley, Shami Chakrabarti and Dr Zaki Badawi.

LORD FALCONER QC

Title: Constitutional Affairs Secretary and Lord Chancellor

Lord Falconer QC
Lord Falconer has pledged to push through new anti-terror measures but has said: "a balance must be struck between urgency and proper consideration."

A lawyer, he shared a flat with Tony Blair when they were first called to the bar.


DAVID DAVIS MP

David Davis MP (Photo: John D McHugh/AFP/Getty Images)
Title: Shadow Home secretary

David Davis called for an inquiry following the London bomb attacks.

Last week, he took part in cross-party talks with the Home Secretary Charles Clarke and the Liberal Democrats on the proposed new counter-terrorism measures.

QUESTIONS OF SECURITY
Thursday, 28 July, 2005
2235 BST
BBC One
The Conservative leader Michael Howard has called for intercept evidence to be admissible at trials.


SIR IAN BLAIR

Sir Ian Blair (Photo: Johnny Green/Pool/PA)
Title: Metropolitan Police Commissioner

Sir Ian Blair's force has adopted a "shoot to kill to protect" policy to stop potential suicide bombers. He described the killing of Jean Charles de Menzes as "a tragedy" but said: "It is not a tragedy that should divert us from the main issue."

Sir Ian Blair has called for the government to extend powers to hold terror suspects without charge for up to three months.


JANET DALEY

Janet Daley
Title: Journalist and commentator

Following the London bomb attacks Janet Daley wrote in the Sunday Times that amongst other measures: "the grotesquely irresponsible laxness of asylum rules must be halted."

A former columnist for the Daily Telegraph for 10 years, she was a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4's religious programme, The Moral Maze.


SHAMI CHAKRABARTI

Shami Chakrabarti (Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA)

Title: Director, Liberty

Shami Chakrabarti has attacked the government over the internment without trial of terrorist suspects and other provisions such as control orders in the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

Director of Liberty since September 2003, the organisation campaigns for civil liberties and human rights.

A barrister, she previously worked at the Home Office advising ministers in Labour and Conservative governments.


DR ZAKI BADAWI

Dr Zaki Badawi (Photo: Steve Parsons/PA)
Title: Chairman, Imams & Mosques Council UK

Dr Zaki Badawi was among those leaders recently consulted on anti-terrorism and community relations by the Prime Minister and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Following the terrorist attacks he has appeared with various faith leaders to condemn the London bombings. He was recently denied entry to the US where he had been invited to give a talk on the law and Islam.




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