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David Davis: Government has 'missed a trick' on control orders

The Government has "missed a trick" in failing to fully ditch control orders, former shadow Home Secretary David Davis has told PoliticsHome.

"Control orders have been incredibly harmful to our cause and the sensible policy would have been to sweep them away completely and to replace them with something more effective. The Government has failed to do that and missed a trick in the battle against terrorism," he said.

Mr Davis wanted a radically different solution, with pre-charge bail conditions set by a court instead of the Home Secretary handing out control orders.

The issue has been a source of tension within the Coalition, with many Liberal Democrats and libertarian Conservatives favouring scrapping control orders, and others in Government supporting a rejinked version of the controversial powers.

Theresa May will deliver her statement on the counter-terrorism review at 12.30pm today.

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