Conservative Party Conference: Liberty responds to Home Secretary's speech

30 September 2014

Responding to the Home Secretary's speech at the Conservative Party Conference 2014, Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, said:

"There were startling contradictions in the Home Secretary's speech, seeking civil liberties sainthood by tightening stop and search whilst granting police powers to seize passports at the borders and blanket internet surveillance on the whole population.

"She gave a good sermon about human rights and the rule of law in the Middle East whilst mocking the Court of Human Rights and proposing to ban non-violent speech and organisations. How do you promote liberal democratic values by promising state powers worthy of a caliphate?"