MP warns protect freedom in the fight against terrorism

November 17, 2010 11:12 AM

Julian at Westminster deskMP Julian Huppert has urged the government to avoid any further damage to Britain's freedom in the name of fighting terrorism.

Speaking at the Second Reading of the Terrorist Asset-Freezing Bill, Julian supported the idea behind the legislation, but cast doubt on its possible effects.

"Like any rational person, I recognise the need to freeze the assets of those who are seeking to do this country harm," he said.

"But Labour's previous attempts to sort out this problem went too far. We cannot have people's bank accounts being frozen without a high standard of proof; nor should that happen without suspects being informed of the evidence against them.

"I welcome the changes that have already been made to the Bill which attempt to address these important questions. But there is much work still to be done.

"The best way forward is to make sure we preserve our long-held liberties. If we fail to do that, we're simply conceding victory to the terrorists we're supposed to be fighting."

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