Diane welcomes counter-terrorism review
POSTED IN Campaign News, Top Stories 15.07.2010
Diane has welcomed the coalition government’s announcement to review counter-terrorism powers.
The six-point review outlined by the Government yesterday will look at the time terror suspects can be held without charge; existing stop and search powers; control orders; and targeted surveillance powers among other things.
In 2008, Diane made a passionate speech to the House of Commons against the proposed 42-day detention period for which she was awarded a Human Rights Award.
“This is something that Labour should have done long ago. We are crazy to attack the coalition from the right on civil liberties.
I have spoken out on civil liberties ever since I entered Parliament 23 years ago when I first challenged the stop and search laws.
The UK has the longest pre-charge detention limit in the Western world, and while I take the threat of terrorism seriously, I do not believe there is a trade-off between our liberties and the safety of the realm.
I also welcome the involvement of human rights organization, Liberty, alongside the Home Office and Lord MacDonald.”