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Theresa May's meeting on US torture 'a clerical error'

By Joe Churcher

Home Secretary Theresa May has been removed from an official list of British ministers and diplomats who met with a US Senate committee investigating the abuse of terror detainees.

The Foreign Office blamed a "clerical error" for the Cabinet minister being among 24 senior UK figures it said had talked with the panel since 2009 in response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

Details of the meetings intensified questions over whether the Government sought to exclude embarrassing information about alleged British complicity in torture in the Senate Intelligence Committee's damning report.

Downing Street had confirmed the Home Secretary met with the committee, and it was announced she would be questioned on the CIA's detention and interrogation programme by the Home Affairs Select Committee on Monday.

In a fresh statement however, the FCO said she was wrongly included.

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