Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Lib Dem peers secure vital changes to protect civil liberties

Last night, the Lords passed an amendment – tabled by a cross-party group of peers including Liberal Democrat Andrew Stunell – that will force the Government to carry out an independent review of its Prevent strategy and publish a report within 18 months.

  • Creating exemptions to the new offence of “entering or remaining in a designated area” so that it doesn’t apply to aid workers, journalists, people visiting ill relatives or those attending funerals.
  • Protecting journalism and academic research from the new offence of accessing terrorism-related material online.
  • Requiring the Government to commission an independent review of the Prevent strategy.
  • Limiting new powers to detain people at ports and airports to cases involving national security.

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