Queens Speech

UK government outlines plans for supercharged surveillance powers

THE UK GOVERNMENT has announced the return of the Snoopers' Charter in the form of the Investigatory Powers Bill, which it describes as "new legislation to modernise the law on communications data".

Wednesday, 27 May, 2015 - 15:15

Tory Queen's Speech - Human Rights Chaos

Wednesday, 27 May, 2015 - 12:15

The Queen has set out the proposed legislation by the first Conservative majority government for nearly twenty years.

Attempts to scrap the Human Rights Act (HRA) and replace it with a British Bill of rights have been delayed, breaking David Cameron's promise that this would happen in the first 100 days of the new parliament. Removing the HRA has run in to problems of opposition within the Conservative party and because it is written into devolution deals.

Measures to combat extremism, a new law on communications data, and changing the ability to strike were announced.

The Queens Speech : A Programme of Missed Opportunities

Wednesday, 8 May, 2013 - 14:00

Today the Coalition Government set out its plans for the next parliamentary session in the Queen's Speech.

The speech was more notable for what was not in it. The Communications Data Bill or "Snoopers' Charter" was at least dropped in name. Missed opportunities included leaving out proposal for a register of lobbyists, and not acting on the promised power to recall MPs.

Pirate party Leader Loz Kaye said:

Pirate Party Reaction to the Queen's Speech

Wednesday, 9 May, 2012 - 16:15

A 'Snooper's Charter'

The Queen announced the coalition's legislative agenda for this parliamentary session, including plans to radically expand the government's surveillance of everyone in Britain, the expansion of secret trials and changes to Defamation law.

"My government intends to bring forward measures to maintain the ability of the law enforcement and intelligence agencies to access vital communications data under strict safeguards to protect the public, subject to scrutiny of draft clauses."

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