Friday 22nd April at 7.30pm
Yate Parish Hall, Station Road, Yate, BS37 4PQ
Tickets £7 including pizza
Our next Hot Potatoes discussion event will be on the Investigatory Powers Bill, referred to by critics as the 'Snooper's Charter'. Our guest is Lord Paul Strasburger, who is the Liberal Democrat member of the Joint Select Committee which scrutinised the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill.
The Investigatory Powers Bill is the Conservative Government's reworking of the Draft Communications Data Bill, which the Liberal Democrats blocked in government. The Bill will allow the Government to compel communications companies such as BT, Google and Facebook to collect and hand over detailed records of everything you do online. This includes: websites you visit, for whatever purpose; all personal contacts you make, whether with family, friends, service providers or colleagues; and all private records to do with travel arrangements, holidays etc. The Government says this is an essential tool in the fight against terrorism, but critics say the measures go too far and create a surveillance state.
Lord Strasburger will open the discussion with some introductory remarks, and we will then open to the floor for a wide ranging discussion on the Bill. He is keen to hear all your views on the Bill and the issues surrounding it. You can read more about the Investigatory Powers Bill here:
Parliament official page: http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2015-16/investigatorypowers.html
Home Office website: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/investigatory-powers-bill
Liberty's response: https://www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/campaigning/safe-and-sound
Advance booking is required, due to catering requirements. Please RSVP, below, call Glyn Ley on 01454 228937 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food will come in the form of a wide range of freshly-cooked pizzas, and soft drinks will be provided. Please inform Glyn if you have any specific dietary requirements. If you would like to come but have difficulties with transport, please do contact Glyn as lifts can easily be arranged.
Hot Potatoes is a series of regular political discussions run by South Gloucestershire Liberal Democrats to talk about topical issues of the day in a friendly, informal setting, over some food. You do not have to be a Liberal Democrat member to attend. All are welcome, including friends and family members.
Yate BS37 4PQ
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