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Cameron to outline terror strategy

Cameron to outline terror strategy

David Cameron will present "targeted measures" to prevent British extremists fighting in Syria and Iraq carrying out terrorist attacks in the UK, Downing Street has said.

The Prime Minister has held talks with Nick Clegg to finalise the details of the policies before making a statement in the Commons at 3.30pm.

Pressed on Coalition fault lines over potential measures, after two former Liberal Democrat leaders questioned Mr Cameron's response, a Number 10 spokesperson said the Government wanted "to ensure that these targeted measures are got right".

The spokesperson said keeping the UK safe was the "first and foremost" concern.

In a statement last week after the terror alert level was raised to “severe”, Mr Cameron also pledged to make it easier to take would-be fighters’ passports away.

But one Tory MP this afternoon questioned the need for new confiscation powers.

"Legalities aside, you’ve got to ask how it works in practise in terms of passport confiscation and what value it will really add," Dominic Raab told the World at One.

"My view having looked at this since 2006/7 is that actually we don’t have a problem with a lack of powers or lack of legislation but it’s the enforcement of the powers that we’ve got."

Mr Raab said that while there may be "political pressure" for new confiscation powers, "the enforcement case is very poor" and called instead for a lifting of the ban on intercept evidence in prosecutions.

His warning came after former director of public prosecutions Lord Macdonald told the Westminster Hour last night that the focus needed to be on gathering evidence against subjects, not “inventing new laws”.

Downing Street would not be drawn this morning on whether Mr Cameron's announcement would include new legislation, saying that the Government has to "agree what the right measures are" and then work out the "best way of putting them in place".

Former Lib Dem leader Lord Ashdown yesterday cautioned the Government against acting as "cheerleaders" for the security services, while Sir Menzies Campbell warned plans to strip citizenship from suspected fighters may "constitute illegality".

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