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Politics & Terrorism 2006

15 February 2006, 9:00 to 16 February 2006, 15:00
HSR generic imageThe terrorist attacks of July 2005 brought a new if not unexpected element to the terrorist threat from those believed to be connected with Al-Qa'ida.  Rooted to some extent inside our own community, the threat combines ideological fervour with common criminality.  Nobody now can doubt the reality of the threat to the UK.

In light of this, the desire to review existing counter-terrorism legislation to ensure that the UK police and security services have the necessary powers to fight terrorism is understandable.  As the Prime Minister made clear in his statement of 5th August 2005, the 'rules of the game are changing' and new legislation such as the Prevention of Terrorism Bill 2005 explicitly aims to make it more difficult for extremists to abuse the freedoms our society cherishes.  There is a paramount need for effective counter-terrorism legislation In order to increase the potential for preventing terrorist plots within the UK.

This conference will highlight the foreign and domestic motivators of terrorism and the support structures currently available to extremists and terrorists both within the UK and abroad which enables them to turn such motivation into reality. 

It will explore recent anti-terrorist legislative proposals such as pre-charge detention, the use of control orders and the widening of proscription.   Furthermore, the effectiveness of UK anti-terrorism legislation implementation will be analysed and suggestions made to increase efficiency and success.

This annual HSR conference will provide the opportunity to assess and discuss all the key issues surrounding the political and legal responses to terrorist activity within the UK.

Speakers Include:

Ms Hazel Blears MP, Minister for Crime Reduction, Policing, Community Safety & Counter Terrorism, Home Office

Lord Carlile of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Berriew QC, House of Lords, Independent Reviewer of the Prevention of Terrorism Bill 2005.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke, Anti-Terrorist Branch,  Metropolitan Police

David Heath MP, Shadow Leader of the House, Liberal Democrat Party

Lord Nazir Ahmed, House of Lords

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