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Tim Farron: security services need more resources – not more powers

June 6, 2017 9:36 AM

Tim FarronLib Dem leader attacks police funding cuts made by Theresa May, but warns that terror attacks should not lead to more censorship or invasions of privacy.

Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leader, said police and security services were suffering from a lack of resources, rather than a lack of powers, during a BBC Question Time programme in which he was challenged over his party's plans to roll back surveillance.

Farron said he firmly believed that terror attacks, such as those in London and Manchester over the past weeks, should not motivate an increase in censorship or invasions of privacy.

"What do the [terrorists] want us to do?" he said. "To give up on our freedoms and our liberties - those are the things we must not sacrifice otherwise the terrorists will have won."

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