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Security Minister sets out vision for future of counter-terror strategy

Baroness Neville-Jones sets out the government's vision for the future of CONTEST in a speech to Cityforum.

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In a speech to Cityforum, Baroness Neville-Jones set out the government’s vision for the future of CONTEST in the face of the changing shape and complexity of the threat from Al Qaida and other terrorist organisations.

The minister made clear that the government wants to balance vital measures to ensure safety and security with the need to guard civil liberties and restore public confidence in counter-terrorism powers.

The speech reflected recent key announcements on changes to pre-charge detention and stop and search laws, as well as the end to control orders. The minister also spoke about plans to revise the Prevent strand of CONTEST, aimed at preventing people becoming terrorists, and invited views from gathered partners and experts on how the overall strategy should operate.

Read the full speech here -


Published 28 February 2011