UK Liberty

Government decides to repeal all liberty infringing laws since 1997

Posted in law and order, politicians on liberty by ukliberty on April 1, 2008

The BBC:

The government’s sudden and controversial Bill to repeal all liberty infringing laws passed since 1997 is to be debated by MPs from about 1540 BST.

The Home Secretary Jacqui Smith says she is confident the government will succeed in getting its plans through.

But there is opposition from a number of Labour MPs, who say the proposal is unnecessary.

The current laws include prohibiting protests near Parliament, allow government agencies to intercept communications without a warrant, authorise the creation of a national identity register and ID card scheme, and allow terror cases to be tried with some evidence being kept secret from the defendant.

Ms Smith has said that all such laws would be repealed by the Liberty Bill.

But Tony Blair – formerly the Prime Minister of the UK – is sceptical of the argument for repeals.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We do need these laws, and more every day. The Threat is greater than ever, and greater than any threat the UK has faced before.”