UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Stop and search is overused says Huhne

Press Release   •   Jan 13, 2010 10:34 GMT

“Stop and search has to be targeted on the basis of suspicion and intelligence," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary.

Commenting on the ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that police stop and searches under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 are illegal, Chris Huhne said:

“When everybody from trainspotters to Japanese tourists are up in arms, it should be clear to even the most bone-headed minister that stop and search under section 44 is being overused.

“Stop and search has to be targeted on the basis of suspicion and intelligence.

“Random and indiscriminate use of stop and search alienates the communities we rely on most for the intelligence and witnesses we need to fight terrorism.

“Instead of bleating about the judgement, the Government should provide time in Parliament for this law to be debated and tightened up.”