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Theresa May today set out new powers for the police and security services as she revealed that 40 terror plots have been foiled in the nine years since the 7/7 London bombings.
The Home Secretary was laying out the Government’s plans to improve the security services’ ability to track and disrupt terrorists.
"The security services believe that since the attacks on 7th July 2005 around 40 terrorist plots have been disrupted," she said.
She added that since 2010, 753 people have been arrested for terrorist offences, of whom 148 were successfully prosecuted and 138 were jailed.
The Home Secretary announced that insurance firms will be outlawed from reimbursing ransom payments for captives of terrorists as part of the Government’s Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill.
The bill will also place a statutory duty on schools and universities to stop students being drawn towards terrorism. Ms May said this could mean that universities will have to have a policy on excluding radical speakers.
Other measures set to feature in the bill include the reintroduction of location controls for terror suspects, greater online surveillance powers, and stronger powers against British nationals fighting in Syria or Iraq.
Lord Carlile, the Government's former counter-terrorism adviser, described plans to enforce temporary exclusion orders on returning 'jihadis' as "perfectly reasonable".
Speaking during a visit to Crossrail today Ed Miliband said Labour would be “scrutinising” the proposals.
The Labour leader added: “We want to work with the Government and we will be looking closely at them.”
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper added that more needed to be done to disrupt the travel plans of those travelling to the Middle East to fight with extremist groups.
The speech comes at the start of a week-long campaign led by the Metropolitan Police to raise awareness of the threat of terrorism.
Mark Rowley, the Met’s most senior counter-terrorism officer, warned this morning that it was becoming more likely that a terror attack would be successful.
“If we look back over the last decade then we can see, however hard security services and police work, we do find that terrorists from time to time succeed... The tempo’s increased, the threat has increased,” he told the Today programme.
Meanwhile, the Intelligence and Security Committee’s inquiry into the murder of Lee Rigby has been criticised for not seeking out the views of those who claim that one of the terrorists had been contacted by British security services.
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