Theresa May is pressing forward with attempts to use the events of last Wednesday in Woolwich to revive the ill-fated "snooper's charter", and Alan Johnson throws his support behind Therasa May.
The policy, officially called the Communications Data Bill, was left dead in the water last month after Nick Clegg withdrew his support for it, but the changed atmosphere could provide May with a chance to bring it back to life. Theresa May said "Intelligence agencies need access to communications data. It is essential to do their job."
The bill would force internet providers to keep much more information about phone calls and online communications, and for greater periods of time, than is currently the case.
Alan Johnson said "We need to get this on the statute book before the next general election, and I think it’s absolutely crucial". But he added "Indeed, I think it’s a resignation issue for a Home Secretary if the Cabinet do not support her."