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Sir Keir Starmer says Government must end delay to Online Safety Bill

Updated: Oct 28, 2021

Mohammad Yasin MP writes:

Following the death of Sir David Amess MP, PMQs struck a much more collegiate tone this week and was all the better for it.

Keir Starmer talked about the recent spate of lone attacks, where “invariably the perpetrator is radicalised online.”

Starmer focused on two particular issues: the contents of the draft Online Safety Bill, and on a report from the Commission on Countering Extremism published in February.

The Labour leader pushed Boris Johnson to get the long-awaited Bill before Parliament before Christmas which the Prime Minister agreed to but urged the PM to prove he was serious about stopping violent attacks, and stopping online spaces being safe places for terrorists by strengthening the current legislation to include legal sanctions to ensue unaccountable, arrogant social media companies take responsibility for their platforms.

As Keir said, the Government must end the delays – urgently bring forward the second reading of the legislation and clean out the online cesspit once and for all.

See Keir Starmer question the Prime Minister here

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