Liberal Democrats

Liberty and Security - Policy Working Group

This working group has now concluded.

Conference debated the Liberty and Security policy paper at autumn conference 2016 in Brighton.

The motion was passed unamended, and the paper is now party policy. You can find the full motion as passed here.



You can find the policy paper here.

Among our top policy proposals are:

  • Scrapping the damaging Prevent strategy which needlessly criminalises young people
  • Rolling back state surveillance powers and opposing the introduction of draconian Internet Connection Records
  • Placing additional requirements on the large-scale interception of information between the UK and certain overseas 'national security hotspot' areas only
  • Ensuring judges have to sign off on the surveillance and monitoring of suspects
  • Strengthening and simplifying surveillance oversight including requiring the state to tell innocent people when they have been under surveillance
  • Giving people more control over what data they share with private companies and calling for further work on a Digital Bill of Rights for UK citizens

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