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Diane Abbott blasts ‘tainted’ Prevent policy during terror bill debate

On 11 June, parliament discussed the counter-terrorism and border security bill in a Commons chamber that was almost entirely empty. The Canary counted approximately 33 MPs present during the second reading (and first debate) of the latest terror bill. - Mohamed Elmaazi, The Canary; 13 June 2018

Home secretary Sajid Javid said the bill offers: "powers to tackle the evolving threat to the UK from terrorism and from hostile state activity and powers to keep the public safe and protect our national security."

The only real pushback came from shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, who slammed the ineffectiveness of the government’s ‘counter-radicalisation’ strategy, known as Prevent.

The Canary has previously detailed how this bill expands on the draconian powers given by legislation such as the Terrorism Act 2000. This point was also raised by Abbott.

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