Theresa May: Human rights laws could change for terror fight

Using one of her last speeches in an election campaign which has turned into a debate about national security to step up her rhetoric against Islamist extremism, the Prime Minister said authorities needed to be able to do more, including to restrict the movements of suspected militants when police had enough evidence to suspect they presented a threat, but not enough to prosecute them.

'I can't really comment much about that because there is a live ongoing investigation, but one point I would make for all our viewers is it is very important that we look at this issue, when we look at policing, that we don't take the focus on responsibility away from the people who did it, from the terrorists'.

Spending squeeze'I'm deeply concerned about the impact of the further police cuts that the Conservatives have already outlined'.

Security and policing following the London Bridge attack dominated the final stages of the general election campaign.

Addressing activists in Slough on Tuesday evening, she did not make any specific new policy proposals but said: "I mean longer prison sentences for those convicted of terrorist offences".

Prof Glees added: "I have come to the view that we have been too susceptible to the civil liberties lobby - people who say we are a multi-cultural society and two sets of core values can sit happily side-by-side in the United Kingdom".

May explained other stringent measures would include easier deportation of foreign terror suspects to their own countries and restriction of the freedom and movements of terrorist suspects once there is enough evidence to know they pose a threat - but not enough to try them in court.

"If our human rights laws stop us from doing it, we'll change the laws so we can do it", May said.

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In an interview with The Sun, Mrs May said she would also consider extending the time suspects can be held without charge to 28 days, after it was reduced to 14 days in 2011 under the coalition. We said there may be circumstances where it is necessary to do this. "I will listen to what they think is necessary for us to do", she said while mentioning that she'll get in touch with intelligence agencies to find out what they exactly want.

It also says: "We will remain signatories to the European Convention of Human Rights for the duration of the next parliament".

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

The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, told Sky News the party was against any changes to human rights.

Theresa May has said she will rip up some human rights laws if they "stop us from" tackling terrorism.

"Our biggest concern is about resources", she said.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron accused Mrs May of launching a "nuclear arms race" on terror laws and claimed she was "simply posturing about being tough on terror".

Mr Khan said the force stood to lose between 3,400 and 12,800 constables, a reduction in strength of ten to 40 per cent, making it harder to foil future terrorist atrocities.

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