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Labour hypocritical over surveillance powers

August 31, 2016 11:49 PM
Originally published by South Central Region Liberal Democrats

Alistair CarmichaelJeremy Corbyn has promised a "People's Charter of Digital Liberties" after a public consultation on a digital bill of rights.

In response Alistair Carmichael MP said Labour's empty words are shown up as they voted with the Tories for stronger surveillance powers, he said:

"I am glad to see that Jeremy Corbyn has caught up with the Liberal Democrats and is finally backing our proposal for a Digital Bill of Rights. However, actions speak far louder than words. When it actually came down to standing up for people's privacy online by voting against the Investigatory Powers Bill Labour swung behind the Tories supporting an expansion of the state's surveillance powers. Corbyn himself didn't even bother to vote.

"Corbyn might profess to want to stop the 'unwarranted snooping' on people's online activities but apparently his party are fine with the Government retaining all of our web histories for 12 months. It doesn't add up."