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Home Secretary: UK needs capability to defend its citizens

Last Updated: 24 Jun 2014
Theresa May speaks at the annual Lord Mayor's Defence and Security Lecture held on 24 June 2014.  

News article - 24 Jun 2014
 
Theresa May outlined how today's world is a dangerous place and the UK must maintain its capability to defend its citizens in the digital age. She spoke of the threat the country faces, including from British people returning home from the conflict in Syria.
 
But the Home Secretary said that threat – whether from terrorism or organised crime – is changing fast and the UK needs the capabilities to defend its interests and protect its citizens.

And she said it was important to talk about the balance between privacy and security "in the full context of the threats we face" rather than "in a strange vacuum as if the debate was entirely academic".