Have your say on the future of surveillance in the UK

CCTV Camerasource: Huffington Post
published: 4 December 2015

A month ago the government published their proposals for the future of surveillance powers in the UK.

Legislation is never an enticing read, at almost 300 pages long and full of technical and legal language the draft Investigatory Powers Bill is no exception. Because of this many of us will ignore its contents, but what it proposes will impact us all and for once we have all been given the chance to have our say.

The opportunity to express your views on government proposals isn’t always that obvious, but the Home Secretary very publicly and repeatedly promised that a Joint Committee of MPs and Peers would be convened to “scrutinise” the draft Bill and report to Parliament on their findings.

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Muslim group warns police cuts will harm trust with communities

Police Lantern UKsource: The Guardian
published: 22 November 2015

Britain’s largest Muslim group has warned that big cuts to the police planned by the Conservative government risks damaging the fight against terrorism.

The Muslim Council of Britain has previously been critical of police actions and has been branded by some as supporting extremism, which it strongly denies. But it called on Sunday for the police service to be spared a swingeing cut to its budget, fearing it would lead to reductions in neighbourhood officers.

The MCB says these officers are crucial to building trust within communities which can lead to intelligence that helps catch those planning terrorist violence.

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Finucane murder: PM’s decision not to hold independent inquiry upheld

Pat Finucane
Pat Finucane

source: The Guardian
published: 26 June 2015

A Belfast court has upheld David Cameron’s decision not to hold an independent inquiry into the 1989 loyalist murder of the Northern Irish solicitor Pat Finucane.

Finucane’s family brought a judicial review against the government’s refusal to establish a Bloody Sunday-style inquiry into his murder after a previous investigation found there was collusion between Finucane’s killers and the security forces.

In his judgment at Belfast high court on Friday, Mr Justice Stephens said: “I uphold that the decision was lawful and accordingly I dismiss that part of the challenge.”

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Seni Lewis death: No action against police, prosecutors say

Olaseni Lewis
Olaseni Lewis

source: BBC News
published: 29 May 2015

No criminal action will be taken against police involved in the death of a man restrained by officers in a London psychiatric hospital. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said there was insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction.

Olaseni (Seni) Lewis, who had mental health problems, was a patient at Bethlem Royal Hospital, in Beckenham. He was restrained three times, first by hospital staff and then by police, in the 45 minutes before his collapse.

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