Civil liberties concerns may stall United Kingdom push for tougher terror laws

Civil liberties concerns may stall United Kingdom push for tougher terror laws

The prime minister has also told The Sun newspaper that she would consider extending the period of time terror suspects could be held without charge from 14 days to 28.

With Britain still reeling from two attacks in London and one in Manchester, May seemed determined to show voters she will respond to the terror threat if she wins the election Thursday, Xinhua reported.

Theresa May had finally scrapped the control orders in 2010 when she was the home secretary.

Tougher laws and police powers may fail to prevent low-technology attacks, such as the two van-and-knives assaults that occurred in London, and may well end up alienating British Muslims, he said.

"I think people recognise, as the threat has evolved, that things need to change in our response".

"I mean longer prison sentences for people convicted of terrorist offences".

'And I mean doing more to restrict the freedom and the movements of terrorist suspects when we have enough evidence to know they are a threat, but not enough evidence to prosecute them in full in court.

"If human rights laws stop us from doing that, then we will change those laws", she told LBC radio.

'If I am elected as Prime Minister on Thursday, that work begins on Friday'.

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The shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, has said Britain's human rights law does not prevent the successful capture and prosecution of terrorists, warning that hard-won freedoms should not be traded unnecessarily.

Both the Conservative and Labour parties, the U.K.'s largest parties, suspended campaigning Monday in the wake of London terror attack.

Attacker Khuram Shazad Butt was known to British intelligence services, while an Italian prosecutor said Britain was notified that one of his accomplices, Youssef Zaghba, was a "possible suspect" back in March 2016.

Asked by ITV television if he backed the calls for May to resign, Corbyn said: "Indeed I would".

"Theresa May is simply posturing about being tough on terror as she panics that her abysmal record is coming under scrutiny", he said.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron accused the Prime Minister of launching a "nuclear arms race" in terror laws which would reduce freedom, not terrorism.

"It might give the appearance of action, but what the security services lack is not more power, but more resources". In her remarks, she announced a review of counterterrorism policy, harsher sentences for terrorism offences, and an effort to crack down on "safe spaces" online and in self-segregated Muslim communities that can harbour extremism.

Earlier, the Labour mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the Metropolitan Police force was facing the loss of between 3,400 and 12,800 officers - up to 40% of its strength - under Conservative spending plans. We have had three horrific attacks and we have foiled five others.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused May of cutting police numbers by 20,000 officers, while London's Labour mayor Sadiq Khan warned the Metropolitan Police has made as many cuts as it can, adding he's anxious about the impact of further planned savings in the capital's police budget by the government.

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