Huppert celebrates victory as Snooper’s Charter is killed off
Cambridge MP Julian Huppert is celebrating victory today (Thursday, April 25) after the so-called “Snooper’s Charter” was killed off by the Liberal Democrats.
Julian was instrumental in the decision to scrap the proposed Communications Data Bill which would have given the government the power to collect vast amounts of information on every citizen’s internet activity.
He sat on a cross-party committee scrutinising the draft Bill and unanimously concluded that it paid “insufficient attention to the duty to respect the right to privacy, and goes much further than it need or should”.
Lib Dem Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg praised Julian for his work on the Bill several months ago and today announced it would not proceed.
“This is truly an immense moment” said Julian. “We are the only British party dedicated to protecting the rights of every British citizen and we have upheld that promise in this government.
“These plans were based on scant evidence, scaremongering and a disregard for our personal lives; treating everyone as a suspect and our online activity as ‘fair game’.
“The proposals would have been hugely expensive – well over a billion pounds – and caused harm to British interests in the UK and overseas.
“The decision to scrap this Bill has put an end to the threat of a surveillance state where everybody would have been under suspicion.”