Gordon Brown was last night accused of shaming his office with underhanded dealings after scraping through a Commons vote on new laws to detain terror suspects for up to 42 days. As 36 Labour MPs rebelled, Mr Brown relied on a coalition of a renegade Tory and right-wing Ulster unionists to save his skin, getting the controversial amendment through by 315 votes to 306. But there were angry claims he had bought the result by offering a series of amazing concessions, including: Millions of pounds extra for Northern Ireland’s power-sharing executive in the next few years. A pledge to oppose tighter sanctions against Cuba. Terror suspects released without charge will get up to £3,000 for every day behind bars past the current 28 day limit. Guarantees the Government would block efforts to use the Human Embryology and Fertility Bill to loosen abortion rules in Northern Ireland. Backing for compo for ex-miners struck down by lung disease. Whips offering everything from safe seats for MPs, knighthoods and help saving Post Offices in return for votes. Defeat would have plunged Mr Brown into a fresh leadership crisis that could have seen him ousted from No 10. But hardline Labour rebel John McDonnell… Read full this story
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