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Demanding Better for Civil Liberties

October 11, 2018 7:30 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats


Liberal Democrats are standing up against needless new measures that undermine civil liberties

The Government's Counter Terrorism Bill has now moved to debate in the House of Lords. The Liberal Democrats opposed the bill in the House of Commons for a simple reason: this bill does little to keep us safe, but a lot to erode the individual freedoms of people in the UK.

Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights, and the human rights group Liberty have both said that this bill is wrong in balancing security and individual freedoms.

It's a huge authoritarian overreach, it poses a serious threat to the civil liberties of innocent people.

Liberal Democrat MPs voted "No" on Third Reading of the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill in the House of Commons. They were joined only by Caroline Lucas. Jeremy Corbyn was nowhere to be seen when it came to opposing this draconian law. He was absent from this bill just like the Snoopers' Charter. Meanwhile the Labour front bench voted with the Government.

Lib Dem Peer Brian Paddick stated: "We believe that large parts of the Bill are unreasonable, disproportionate and could potentially make us less safe. We on these Benches will support any necessary and proportionate measure that makes the United Kingdom safer or will help defeat terrorism, but we will not support measures that we consider to be disproportionate and counterproductive."

Liberal Democrats demand better than this broken bill.

We agree that it is vital to combat terrorism and keep the British people safe. But that requires a comprehensive, evidence-based strategy, including working with communities to tackle the sources of radicalisation - not legislation that sacrifices our fundamental British values.

Join our fight against this assault on civil liberties. https://www.libdems.org.uk/terrorism-bill