Published: Wed, June 07, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

May says will rip up human rights laws in terror fight


Instead, Keir Starmer, Labour's Brexit spokesman, accused Ms May of a "diversion" from criticism of huge police cuts - while Nick Clegg said she was trying to revive her "lacklustre, flagging election campaign".

But as well as the focus on what the authorities knew, the PM has come under fire over her record on security in the wake of the terror attack.

Dr Sally Leivesley, managing director of Newrisk, a London-based risk consultancy, said a critical issue for the United Kingdom government is to legislate in such a way that behaviour and intention to act against the state fall within the law and can lead to prosecution.

She also praised the police for security service for their "good job in foiling a number of plots - just five in the last three months, and a significant number in the last few years as well".

More controversially, she made it plain that if that means the government would have to change the laws on human rights, she is prepared to do so. "This is a diversion".

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said earlier this week that British intelligence agencies had questions to answer, adding that people would be asking "How on Earth could we have let this guy or possibly more through the net?"

"It's all about making up for her lacklustre, flagging election campaign".

"In these three attacks I think it's very important, and we owe it to everyone who has been so seriously affected to take seriously the real problems, which are: Is there an evidence gap?"

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Conservative sources said they would not withdraw from the ECHR but would seek opt-outs called "derogations" from certain aspects.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday (June 6) that she would be willing to weaken human rights protections to make it easier to deport or curb the movements of suspected militants for whom there is not enough evidence to prosecute.

"If human rights laws stop us from doing it, we will change those laws so we can do it", May said.

Mrs May has promised that if she wins Thursday's election, Britain would remain a signatory of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) until 2022, but Tuesday's remarks signal she would look at ways around the rules if necessary. The Guardian muses that it might refer to curfews, restricting associates and communication in general, and, yes, a travel ban.

Damian Green, the Work and Pensions Secretary, confirmed the next new Tory Government would re-examine Article 8, under which the right to family life can sometimes be used to prevent deportation. "The one thing you cited as evidence of Jeremy Corbyn actually promoting anything which might toughen terror laws was actually a thing he couldn't be bothered to turn up and vote for".

He said: "In my view, we need to review what happened in his case, and learn the lessons so that the methodology of the response to known suspicions is improved".

Last year, she pledged to make it possible to suspend the human rights convention in an effort to shield the British armed forces overseas from "vexatious" human rights abuse claims.

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