National Security

The Government believes that its primary responsibility is to ensure national security. We need a coherent approach to national security issues across government, and we will take action to tackle terrorism, and its causes, at home and abroad.

  • We have established a National Security Council and appointed a National Security Adviser.
  • We have completed a Strategic Defence and Security Review, and have published a new National Security Strategy. This is the first time that a UK government has taken decisions on its defence, security, intelligence, resilience, development and foreign affairs capabilities in the round.
  • We have completed a full of review of counter-terror legislation in order to strike the right balance between security and protecting British freedoms and liberty.
  • We have introduced a new counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST, which will reduce the risk from terrorism, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence.
  • We have reviewed the Prevent strategy and refocused it so it can effectively stop people being drawn into terrorism and can respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism.
  • We have abolished Control Orders and replaced them with a more focused measure, Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures.
  • We have ended 28-day detention returning to 14 days as the standard maximum period that a terrorist suspect can be detained before they are charged or released.
  • We are committed to tackling those who incite or promote hatred and violence, exposing and confronting the bigoted ideology of extremists, and prosecuting those who step outside the law.
  • We will tackle not just violent extremism but extremism itself. Through stronger societies and a stronger sense of community we will confront and undermine Islamist extremism at home.
  • We will seek to find a practical way to allow the use of intercept evidence in court.
  • We believe that Britain should be able to deport foreign nationals who threaten our security to countries where there are verifiable guarantees that they will not be tortured. We are seeking to extend these guarantees to more countries.

The Rt Hon Baroness Neville-Jones

Pauline Neville-Jones is a former Diplomat who has served as Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee and as a BBC Governor.

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