Human rights laws could change for terror fight

Prime Minister Theresa May has said that the government will change human rights laws if she feels that they ‘get in the way’ of tackling terror suspects.

The UK could seek opt-outs from the European Convention on Human Rights, a decision which May believes could aid in restricting the freedom and movements of suspects.

Acknowledging that ‘things need to change’ after the recent London Bridge terror attack, May has received widespread criticism over police cuts under the Conservative’s since 2010, but has responded by saying that she intends to create ‘longer prison sentences for those convicted of terrorist offences’, make it easier to ‘deport foreign terrorist suspects back to their own countries’ and ‘doing more to restrict the freedom and movements of terrorist suspects’.

The Conservative manifesto committed the party to remaining in the European Convention on Human Rights, leaving the Labour Party criticising May’s comments as another U-turn, with leader Jeremy Corbyn saying that the UK will not defeat terrorism by ‘ripping up basic rights’.

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