PM confronted over spy power

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ROTHERHAM MP Denis MacShane has written to the Prime Minister challenging him over the Government’s plans to extend surveillance of the internet.

Mr MacShane is querying why the proposals have been put forward when the Tories were against similar plans by the old Labour Government three years ago.

He wrote: “I was very surprised to hear the Government are planning to introduce so-called ‘snooping’ laws. The introduction of these laws would result in a massive invasion of privacy with the Government being able to see every email received or sent.”

Mr MacShane highlighted how Mr Cameron accused Labour of attempting to run a ‘surveillance state’. Mr Cameron said the coalition’s plans aim to ‘plug the gap’ in Britain’s security created by the expansion of the internet.