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Geraint Davies, Swansea West MP, has today called for clarity from the Home Office about government plans for monitoring and data collection.

Mr Davies signed a letter by Christine Jardine MP that calls on the Home Secretary to ensure that civil liberties are not curtailed unnecessarily.

Since the start of the Covid-19 Crisis the police have been awarded exceptional powers in responding to the emergency.

Mr Davies said: “I wholeheartedly support the need for emergency powers during this crisis, clearly they are necessary to keep my constituents and our community here in Swansea safe.

“However, we must ensure that civil liberties are not curtailed by these powers more than necessary, and that minority communities are not disproportionately targeted.”

The letter calls on the Home Secretary to ensure that there be robust monitoring of the emergency powers and that statistics on the use of the powers be published regularly.

Mr Davies said: “It is vital that the Home Office publish statistics on the numbers of fixed penalty notices and arrests and detentions.

“In addition these statistics should form part of the two-monthly reports that are required by the Coronavirus Act.

“Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities were already disproportionately targeted before this crisis, these new emergency powers must not repeat those mistakes.”

 

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