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Theresa May launches "rapid review" of Labour's counter-terrorism powers

By Tim Montgomerie

A Home Office press release lists the powers that will be subject to either amendment of complete roll back:

  • "use of control orders
  • stop and search powers in section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 and use of terrorism legislation in relation to photography
  • detention of terrorist suspects before charge
  • extending the use of deportations with assurances to remove foreign nationals from the UK who pose a threat to national security
  • measures to deal with organisations that promote hatred or violence
  • use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 by local authorities, and access to communications data in general."

MAY-THERESA The Home Secretary commented:

"I want a counter-terrorism regime that is proportionate, focused and transparent. We must ensure that in protecting public safety, the powers we need to deal with terrorism are in keeping with Britain’s traditions of freedom and fairness."

The review will be overseen by Liberal Democrat peer, Lord Ken Macdonald QC.

Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, welcomed the review:

"Liberty welcomes this once-in-a-generation opportunity to reform counter-terror measures and bring them within the rule of the law."


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