Terrorists would 'have won' if human rights laws changed

Armed police officers patrol on the streets of London

Armed police officers patrol on the streets of London

Labour and the Liberal Democrats have condemned Theresa May's proposal to reduce human rights laws that "get in the way" of stopping terror suspects.

May said that she was looking at "how to make it easier to transport foreign terror suspects and to increase controls on extremists where it is thought they present a threat, but there is not enough evidence to act against them".

"We will not defeat terrorism by ripping up our basic rights and democracy", he told BBC Breakfast, "but by our communities, our vigilance and by police action to isolate and detain those who would wish us harm".

The election campaign has been largely focused on national security in the wake of Britain's third major terror attack this year.

May has previously called for closer regulation of the internet to tackle extremism, and criticized social media firms for not doing enough to police their platforms.

She told Sky News: "MI5 and the police have already said they would be reviewing how they dealt with Manchester and I would expect them to do exactly the same in relation to London Bridge". "And the reason for that is - as I say - enough is enough".

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"And I mean doing more to restrict the freedom and the movements of terrorist suspects when we have enough evidence to know they present a threat, but not enough evidence to prosecute them in full in court", she added.

He also said ministers needed to consider further restrictions on terrorist suspects.

"As a country, our response must be as it has always been when we have been confronted by violence", she said on Sunday.

Jihadis next door'As we see the threat changing, evolving becoming a more complex threat, we need to make sure that our police and security and intelligence agencies have the powers they need'.

Labour have claimed that Mrs May's comments represent "another U-turn" on manifesto pledges.

Labour MP Yvette Cooper accused the prime minister of using "anti-human rights rhetoric" for political advantage with the general election just hours away.

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"We should make it easier for the authorities to deport foreign terror suspects to their own countries".

Mrs May has promised that if she wins Thursday's election, Britain would remain a signatory of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) until 2022, but Tuesday's remarks signal she would look at ways around the rules if necessary.

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

Theresa May said she'd be willing to tear up human-rights legislation to combat terrorism in a move the Labour opposition said was an attempt to distract from her cuts to police, as security dominated the closing stages of the United Kingdom election campaign.

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

"We have been here before - a kind of nuclear arms race in terror laws".

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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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