Lord Carlile said that control orders could have been used against terrorists who carried out recent attacks
Lord Carlile said it was a mistake to abolish control orders and called on the Government to make more use of the laws which replaced them.
However, he insisted that cuts to police numbers have made little difference to the UK’s ability to fight terror, despite Jeremy Corbyn’s claims.
Today he suggested that control orders – which allowed the authorities to monitor terror suspects who could not be charged – should not have been abolished by the Coalition.
Lord Carlile wrote in the Daily Telegraph: “Labour introduced Control Orders in 2005: they worked, were held lawful in human rights terms, and were scrutinised automatically and carefully by the High Court.
“I believe they may well have saved dozens of lives. Their application to people such as the Manchester and Borough Market perpetrators is self-evident.
“They were removed for mistaken political reasons. The Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, has said that their replacement, Tpims (terrorism prevention and investigation measures) with a relocation requirement, is sufficient.
“However, since 2011 these have barely been used.”
Control orders were tools introduced in 2005 to allow the police to put strict curbs on terror suspects who had not been charged with a crime.
Suspects who were slapped with a control order had to stay home at night and were banned from using the internet.
Sometimes they were prevented from leaving the area near their home, or from meeting certain other people.
Control orders were repeatedly challenged by the courts, with one judgment concluding that they breached the right to a fair trial.
They were repealed by the Coalition and replaced with Tpims, which are similar but less restrictive.
The latest available figures revealed that just seven people in the country were subject to Tpims.
In addition, new powers to exclude British jihadists from the UK have been used just once since they were introduced.
Last night, Jeremy Corbyn savaged Theresa May for cutting the number of police officers as Home Secretary and Prime Minister.
But Lord Carlile dismissed the suggestion that this has weakened counter-terrorism efforts.
He wrote: “The assertion that cuts to beat police officers have diminished the ability to fight terrorism is untrue, as the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick, made clear yesterday.
“I have watched closely the resourcing of MI5, counterterrorism policing units and others in the years since 9/11 and I believe Labour, Coalition and Tory governments have provided the resources needed.”He went on to slam Diane Abbott and Mr Corbyn, describing the Shadow Home Secretary as “incoherent and incomprehensible” and criticising her boss’s “extreme naivety”.
The issue of combatting terror is set to dominate the final three days of the General Election campaign in the wake of Saturday night’s atrocity on London Bridge.