LONDON -- Prime Minister Tony Blair's government won a crucial parliamentary vote on sweeping new anti-terrorism legislation yesterday, but faced a further fight over plans to lock up suspects for 90 days without charge.
Following a debate in the House of Commons, lawmakers voted 472-94 to back the terror bill.
The main opposition Conservative Party supported the measure, but warned it would seek to block the legislation later if the government did not rethink some of the proposals.
''We must all pause, draw breath, and think through the implications very carefully indeed," Conservative law and order spokesman David Davis said.
In the wake of July's deadly attacks on London's transit system, the government said it wanted to extend the maximum 14-day detention without charge for terror suspects to three months, outlaw attending terrorist training camps, and make it an offense to glorify or encourage terrorism.
The bill would also outlaw preparing for an act of terrorism, publishing or selling of material that incites terrorism, and giving or receiving training in terrorist techniques.
Before the legislation can become law, it faces further scrutiny by a committee of lawmakers, a further vote in the Commons, and votes in the House of Lords.
Home Secretary Charles Clarke said Britain faced a terrorist threat from extremists.
''We cannot properly fight terrorism with one legal hand tied behind our back, or give terrorists the unfettered right to defend themselves as they promote and prepare violent attacks on our society," he said.
The most controversial proposal was extending the detention period. Police and prosecutors argued that more time is needed in complex cases.
However, Lord Carlile, appointed by the government to review anti-terror measures, has said the longer detention could be open to challenge under European human rights legislation.