Terrorists would 'have won' if human rights laws changed

Pakistan-born Khuram Butt was given a job on the London Underground despite having appeared in a programme about radical Islamists called'The Jihadi Door

"And the minute we start throwing away our rights and our freedoms as a society is the moment we start to let the terrorists win".

Tougher laws and police powers may fail to prevent low-technology attacks, such as the two van-and-knives assaults that occurred in London, and may well end up alienating British Muslims, he said.

Starmer told Sky News that May "has thrown up the Human Rights Act as if that's the problem".

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

After seven people were killed in central London on Saturday, less than a fortnight after 22 concert-goers were slain by a suicide bomber in Manchester and two months after five were killed in another attack in Britain's capital, Prime Minister Theresa May declared "enough is enough" and sketched plans for tougher anti-terror measures.

British police and security services already have some of the most powerful surveillance laws in the world.

"I absolutely empathise with victims of terrorism".

He said: "In my view, we need to review what happened in his case, and learn the lessons so that the methodology of the response to known suspicions is improved".

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He said voters needed to ask "searching questions" about the May's time as home secretary, when police numbers fell.

"We've had three attacks in three months, we need to review the situation and I think simply parsing some hard questions within 24 hours as "we don't need to ask them any more" is not really taking it as seriously as we should".

Lord Carlile, a former counter-terror laws watchdog, said he was disappointed that Butt had slipped off the radar. "I think it's very cynical and I don't think people will be taken in by it".

The prime minister said she meant to enact "longer prison sentences for people convicted of terrorist offences ... making it easier for the authorities to deport foreign terror suspects to their own countries [and] 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".

The Conservatives hold a four point lead over Labour, according to a recent poll. "There is, to be frank, far too much tolerance of extremism in our country", she said.

"A new approach may be needed through the expert knowledge of worldwide lawyers to develop a solution by defining the word "risk" in the convention so that governments are given a duty to protect the population against the interests of the individual, and the balance of evidence for this is not the same weighting that is used now in the courts". "Our Human Rights Act protects our rights".

The Guardian newspaper commented Tuesday night that May's proposed measures appear to be an attempt at strengthening terrorism prevention and investigation measures rather than a complete return to control orders introduced by the last Labour government which were repeatedly struck down by judges in the British courts. One of the most vocal opponents to the change was David Davis, now the Brexit secretary.

"When we reduced it to 14 days, we actually allowed for legislation to enable it to be at 28 days. The tempo is there in a way we haven't seen before", May said.

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