Partner of Guardian's Glenn Greenwald detained under anti-terror laws

David Miranda was detained for nine hours in Heathrow airport.

David Miranda, the partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, was detained for on Sunday nine hours under UK anti-terror laws as he passed through Heathrow airport on his way home to Brazil, the paper reports.

Miranda was working with Greenwald on the Guardian's ongoing analysis of the data released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. He had been in Germany, visiting documentarian Laura Poitras who the paper reports "has also been working on the Snowden files with Greenwald and the Guardian".

Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 allows for officers to stop, search, question and detain individuals for up to nine hours, "for the purpose of determining" whether they are concerned "in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism". It also enables the police to keep the detainees property for a longer period, which they made use of to confiscate Miranda's "mobile phone, laptop, camera, memory sticks, DVDs and games consoles."

People detained under the Schedule 7 of the Act, which only applies in ports and airports, are deprived access to a lawyer, and it is an offence to not co-operate with questioning.

The detention has sparked widespread condemnation. Amnesty International's Widney Brown says that "David's detention was unlawful and inexcusable", while Labour MP Keith Vaz told the Today program that he was "concerned at the use of terrorism legislation for something that does not appear to relate to terrorism."

Police in Heathrow Airport last year. Photograph: Getty Images

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Grant Shapps resigns over Tory youth wing bullying scandal

The minister, formerly party chairman, has resigned over allegations of bullying and blackmail made against a Tory activist. 

Grant Shapps, who was a key figure in the Tory general election campaign, has resigned following allegations about a bullying scandal among Conservative activists.

Shapps was formerly party chairman, but was demoted to international development minister after May. His formal statement is expected shortly.

The resignation follows lurid claims about bullying and blackmail among Tory activists. One, Mark Clarke, has been accused of putting pressure on a fellow activist who complained about his behaviour to withdraw the allegation. The complainant, Elliot Johnson, later killed himself.

The junior Treasury minister Robert Halfon also revealed that he had an affair with a young activist after being warned that Clarke planned to blackmail him over the relationship. Former Tory chair Sayeedi Warsi says that she was targeted by Clarke on Twitter, where he tried to portray her as an anti-semite. 

Shapps appointed Mark Clarke to run RoadTrip 2015, where young Tory activists toured key marginals on a bus before the general election. 

Today, the Guardian published an emotional interview with the parents of 21-year-old Elliot Johnson, the activist who killed himself, in which they called for Shapps to consider his position. Ray Johnson also spoke to BBC's Newsnight:


The Johnson family claimed that Shapps and co-chair Andrew Feldman had failed to act on complaints made against Clarke. Feldman says he did not hear of the bullying claims until August. 

Asked about the case at a conference in Malta, David Cameron pointedly refused to offer Shapps his full backing, saying a statement would be released. “I think it is important that on the tragic case that took place that the coroner’s inquiry is allowed to proceed properly," he added. “I feel deeply for his parents, It is an appalling loss to suffer and that is why it is so important there is a proper coroner’s inquiry. In terms of what the Conservative party should do, there should be and there is a proper inquiry that asks all the questions as people come forward. That will take place. It is a tragic loss of a talented young life and it is not something any parent should go through and I feel for them deeply.” 

Mark Clarke denies any wrongdoing.

Helen Lewis is deputy editor of the New Statesman. She has presented BBC Radio 4’s Week in Westminster and is a regular panellist on BBC1’s Sunday Politics.