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Friday, 10 June 2011

Security at Lib Dem party conference - it's for the staff as well

A small minority of Lib Dem grassroots party members is getting hot under the collar about increased security measures at our next party conference. But why would the police, etc, impose such measures if they did not consider them to be strictly needed? At a time of enormous financial and logistical pressure on the police and the others, why - why - would they devote time and money to security measures that are anything less than vital? Surely everyone understands that the security is not just for the benefit of people attending Conference, but also to protect the people who work in the conference centre and hotels? If we are to expect workers to earn the minimum wage to clean our hotel rooms, pour our coffee and microwave our cornish pasties, then the least we can do is extend them the protection from terrorism that the police think is needed, rather than seeking to dilute that protection for a few people's own self-righteous reasons.


  1. "then the least we can do is extend them the protection from terrorism that the police think is needed,"

    So why not 90 day detention and ID cards - both of which the police think is needed to protect people from terrorism. We don't believe that in the interests of security the police get any powers they happen to ask for but measures which are proportionate to the risk.

    At Liverpool there was absolutely no security at the conference hotel. No badge checks on the door, not even a policeman standing there.

  2. Thank you. Obviously I am referring to the police and other services imposing those security measures that are available to them under the law, in light of their assessment of what they think is necessary to protect everyone who is in the buildings in which our conference is taking place. Changing the law to give the police, etc, additional powers would be a different matter entirely.