A Great Repeal Bill

This is what the Conservative/LibDem coalition has agreed under the heading of “Civil Liberties”:

The parties agree to implement a full programme of measures to reverse the substantial erosion of civil liberties under the Labour Government and roll back state intrusion.

This will include:

-          A Freedom or Great Repeal Bill.

-          The scrapping of ID card scheme, the National Identity register, the next generation of biometric passports and the Contact Point Database.

-          Outlawing the finger-printing of children at school without parental permission.

-          The extension of the scope of the Freedom of Information Act to provide greater transparency.

-          Adopting the protections of the Scottish model for the DNA database.

-          The protection of historic freedoms through the defence of trial by jury.

-          The restoration of rights to non-violent protest.

-          The review of libel laws to protect freedom of speech.

-          Safeguards against the misuse of anti-terrorism legislation.

-          Further regulation of CCTV.

-          Ending of storage of internet and email records without good reason.

-          A new mechanism to prevent the proliferation of unnecessary new criminal offences.

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