Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Theresa May outlines new Counter Terrorism measures today

My boss, the Home Secretary, has set out proposed new legislation to be assessed by parliament over the winter. It is sadly clear that we are facing serious and significant threats to national security, and that existing laws struggle to provide us with the tools to keep us safe. The new legislation includes:
  • Counter-radicalisation measures - requirements that schools, colleges and probation providers help prevent people being radicalised
  • Changes to TPIMs - Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures - to allow the authorities to force suspects to move to another part of the country
  • Raising the burden of proof for imposing TPIMs from "reasonable belief" to "balance of probabilities"
  • Greater powers to disrupt people heading abroad to fight - including cancelling passports at the border for up to 30 days
  • Statutory temporary exclusion orders to control return to the UK of British citizens suspected of terrorist activity
  • Tighter aviation security - requiring airlines to provide passenger data more quickly and effectively
  • Banning insurance companies from covering ransoms
  • Forcing firms to hand details to police identifying who was using a computer or mobile phone at a given time.
Fuller details here: