British Prime minister pledges to remove human rights protections

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at a rally in Slough England on Tuesday

The Conservative manifesto says the party will not repeal the ECHR - which is enshrined in British law through the Human Rights Act - while Brexit is under way but will "consider our human rights legal framework when the process of leaving the European Union concludes".

Theresa May has signalled she is ready to rip up some human rights laws in order to crack down on the terrorist threat.

"That's not the message that we should be sending to communities or to terrorists today".

This policy has the potential to cause splits within the Tory party, as different factions see the Human Rights Act as either a European interference or a key piece in the apparatus of the rule of law.

"This is exactly the time that human rights must be protected and cherished, not attacked and undermined".

British Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed to toughen anti-terrorism laws following last weekend's attacks in London, but she could face opposition because of public concern for civil liberties and other laws protecting human rights.

Starmer said from his experience it was "officers on the ground that often pick up key intelligence" and batted away a suggestion by Radio 4 presenter John Humphrys that Labour's argument on police cuts had run its course.

'I absolutely recognise people's concerns, ' the premier told Sky News.


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". But a suicide bombing last month at a pop concert in Manchester and Saturday's attack at London Bridge have shifted the focus onto security.

"We have been here before - a kind of nuclear arms race in terror laws". "We will look at how the processes were followed, what they did".

"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?"

"I mean doing more to restrict the freedom and 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", May said.

"And if human rights laws stop us from doing it, we will change those laws so we can do it", she said.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Monday called on May to quit, pointing to the loss of 20,000 police jobs, mostly during her six years as interior minister under David Cameron. "Then says opposite later #weakandwobbly" she tweeted. "Human rights are there to protect all in society - that is just pure common sense".

As home secretary, Mrs May scrapped control orders, which allowed longer curfews among other tough measures, claiming they were being knocked down in the courts, replacing them with the less restrictive terrorism prevention and investigation measures (Tpims).

May could also attempt to increase the period for which terror suspects can be held without trial, now 14 days - a move that provoked clashes with civil liberties campaigners when Tony Blair attempted it after the 7 July 2005 attacks.

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