LIBERTY ANALYSIS: LIBERAL DEMOCRATS MANIFESTO

The General Election is our chance to vote for a better society – so it’s vital to know where the parties stand on important issues. We’ve analysed each of the major parties’ manifestos in line with our six key demands of whoever steps into No 10.

But remember, a manifesto is a snapshot of what a party wants to do in Government. If something isn’t included, it doesn’t mean it’s unimportant to them and they might still act on it.

OUR CHALLENGE TO A NEW GOVERNMENT…

Stand up for migrants’ rights

What Liberty is calling for: End the racist hostile environment and make sure everyone can access vital public services without fear of being detained and deported.

Analysis:

The manifesto promises to end the hostile environment and give asylum seekers the right to work. It also pledges to firewall public agencies from immigration enforcement and repeal the immigration exemption in the Data Protection Act which strips people of their data rights.

What Liberty is calling for: Set a 28-day time limit on immigration detention.

Analysis:

The manifesto says a Lib Dem Government will introduce a 28-day time limit on immigration detention, close seven of the nine immigration detention centres, and make detention a last resort.

Stand against criminalising poverty

What Liberty is calling for: Scrap the Vagrancy Act.

Analysis:

The manifesto says a Lib Dem Government will repeal the Vagrancy Act.

What Liberty is calling for: Scrap the power to make Public Spaces Protection Orders.

Analysis:

The manifesto doesn’t mention PSPOs.

Reject mass surveillance

What Liberty is calling for: Tear up the Investigatory Powers Act (also known as the Snoopers’ Charter) – the most intrusive mass surveillance regime of any democratic country.

Analysis:

The manifesto says the Liberal Democrats will end the bulk collection of communications data and internet connection records.

What Liberty is calling for: Ban police and private company use of facial recognition technology in all publicly accessible places.

Analysis:

The Lib Dems have pledged to immediately halt police use of facial recognition surveillance.

Stand against discriminatory policing

What Liberty is calling for: Outlaw the use of racist predictive policing tools.

Analysis:

The manifesto does not specifically mention predictive policing tools, but it does include a pledge to set up a “citizens’ assembly to determine when it is appropriate for the government to use algorithms in decision-making”.

What Liberty is calling for: Scrap powers to stop and search people without suspicion and limit remaining stop and search powers.

Analysis:

The Liberal Democrat manifesto says the party will end the disproportionate use of stop and search.

Defend access to justice

What Liberty is calling for: Reinstate legal aid so that justice isn’t reserved only for people who can afford it.

Analysis:

The manifesto says a Lib Dem Government will establish a new right to affordable, reasonable legal assistance, and invest £500m to restore legal aid.

Protect human rights for everyone

What Liberty is calling for: Commit to maintaining the Human Rights Act.

Analysis:

The manifesto pledges to defend the Human Rights Act.

What Liberty is calling for: Legislate to plug any rights gap left by the process of leaving the EU.

Analysis:

The manifesto says the Lib Dems will resist any attempt to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights and oppose any laws that unnecessarily erode civil liberties.