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.

Diane said:

“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.”

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