max temp: 11°C

min temp: 7°C


Proposed travel ban to certain parts of the world needs regular review, Ipswich lawyer argues

The House of Lords. Picture: Oli Scarff/PA Wire

The House of Lords. Picture: Oli Scarff/PA Wire

An “unprecedented” new power to stop UK residents travelling to the most dangerous parts of the world should be regularly reviewed, a leading lawyer has argued.

Lord Anderson of Ipswich made the remarks during a parliamentary debate on the new Counter Terrorism and Border Security Bill currently being debated in the House of Lords.

According to the Home Office, the change is needed to “update, and close gaps in existing counter-terrorism legislation to ensure that it is fit for the digital age and reflect contemporary patterns of radicalisation”.

One part of the law is to “provide for a new offence of entering or remaining in an area outside the UK that has been designated in regulations by the secretary of state in order to protect the public from a risk of terrorism”.

Lord Anderson - a leading barrister from Ipswich who was the UK’s Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation between 2011 and 2017 - said countries with similar laws have only restricted travel to very limited areas, such as the most dangerous parts of Syria.

But during the debate, it was suggested the power could not only be used in Syria but also parts of Africa and the Philippines.

“If this highly restrictive offence is to be justified at all, it must surely be to protect British citizens and residents from the physical or psychological consequences of being in war zones where terrorist organisations are operating,” the life peer told defence minister Earl Howe.

Lord Anderson tabled an amendment to the bill which he said was “consistent with reviews taking place, where necessary, on a more than annual basis”.

But the cross bencher raised concerns reviews could be completed only every three years.

He said: “This is a very heavy new power, unprecedented as far as I know in our history, whereby British citizens are simply prohibited from traveling to certain parts of the world.

“I ask the minister to consider whether it can really be the case either that no timed review of this power should be required or that, if a time is to be affixed to it, it should be an interval as great as every three years.

“That seems a very long time for these important rights of travel to be withheld.”

It is a new concept in dental care and it is being introduced at Suffolk dental surgeries.

Two Kesgrave High School students have been accepted onto a prestigious national engineering scholarship after taking part in a rigorous application process.

They were a mainstay of 1950s and 60s Britain who, in the days before 24-hour convenience stores and online shopping, provided an unrivalled doorstep service.

More people have been seriously hurt on Suffolk roads over the last 12 months 
than in each of the five previous years, according to government figures.

The Citizens Advice network in Suffolk says it is “dismayed” by council proposals to end its funding support across the county.

Millennials face an ‘impossible task’ buying a first house first home in Ipswich, with the average starter home in the town costing £60,000 more than the national average.

We rewind the clock on London Stansted Airport this week as we take a look at the UK’s fourth busiest airport back in the 1940s and 50s, when it was a base to the US Air Force.

A programme to turn around Suffolk’s special education needs (SEN) has been outlined – with an “innovative” pilot set to spearhead the measures.

A five-year-old boy from Shotley Gate has raised over £1,000 by putting on his running shoes for Children in Need.

Firefighters now believe a blaze above a high street shop in Ipswich was started deliberately.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24