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Shami Chakrabarti is being urged to stick to her guns and defy Jeremy Corbyn, as she is introduced to the House of Lords today (13 September). The human rights campaigner warned against the government's controversial Investigatory Powers Bill when she headed up Liberty.

"Our every move is already tracked by CCTV cameras," she told the BBC in November. "But if the draft Investigatory Powers Bill becomes law, we won't be safe from the prying eyes of the government and the police."

But now Chakrabarti, after leading Labour's anti-Semitism inquiry, will be representing the party in the upper chamber.

The draft surveillance legislation is at its reporting stage in the Lords, giving Chakrabarti the opportunity to vote against Theresa May's flagship policy and her leader, who supports the bill, over what digital rights campaigns brand the "Snooper's Charter".

Liberal Democrat Lord Brian Paddick has written to Chakrabarti to grill her over her position. "As you said it is 'a breath-taking attack on the internet security of every man, woman and child in our country'," Paddick said.

"We will be voting against handing these powers to the government at Report Stage and I am sure you will be you joining us in the lobby when the time comes.

"We are very glad to see that Labour chose to nominate someone to the Lords with such a strong record on civil liberties and human rights, the defence of which has been sadly missing in the Labour party to date.

"I hope that your appointment indicates a shift away from the current Labour Party position and I would be more than happy to work with you to convince your colleagues both in the Commons and the Lords about the importance of protecting civil liberties."