Jacqui Smith says she is "disappointed" opposition parties are unwilling to compromise on extending the detention-without-trial limit beyond 28 days.

The home secretary said the time had come to allow parliamentary debate on the issue by pushing ahead with the counter-terrorism bill.

The Home Office’s proposals to extend the amount of time terror suspects can be detained to 42 days has attracted criticism from those who argue the threat from terrorism does not justify the erosion of civil liberties such a move would cause.

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