SHAFAQNA – A future Conservative government would seek new powers to ban extremist groups and curb the activities of “harmful” individuals, Theresa May has said.
Banning orders and “extreme disruption” orders will feature in the party’s 2015 election manifesto, the home secretary told the party’s Birmingham conference.
She got a standing ovation as she said “British values” would prevail in the end in the battle against extremism.
The Liberal Democrats accused her of “peddling misinformation”.
Mrs May was among a number of high-profile speakers on the third day of the Tory conference, with Mayor of London Boris Johnson, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Education Secretary Nicky Morgan also taking the stage.
In her speech, the home secretary also:
• Called for changes to the way police stop and search powers were used, saying legislation would be used if necessary
• Attacked the Liberal Democrats for thwarting attempts to introduce new data monitoring powers
• Said the Home Office would take control of all of the government’s extremism policies
• Warned about the establishment of the “world’s first truly terrorist state” in Iraq and Syria
• Said she had so far removed the passports of 25 Britons seeking to travel to Syria
The new measures will be targeted at people and groups who “stay just within the law but spread poisonous hatred”, she said.