http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012 ... sfeed=true'Big Brother' law stirs Lib Dems to revolt
Party prepares to stop government plan to give security services new access to internet data
* Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent
* The Guardian, Saturday 7 April 2012
Liberal Democrats should be prepared to pull the plug on controversial government plans to give the security services new access to internet data, the party president Tim Farron has said.
In a sign of the deep Lib Dem unease at the plans, Farron said he would be raising the widespread concern within the party with Nick Clegg.
"As a Liberal, I was extremely concerned by the press reports of new surveillance powers potentially to be included in the Queen's speech," Farron wrote in a letter to the Liberal Democrat Voice website.
The party president wrote to the website after it raised concerns about plans to give GCHQ real-time access to Skype, instant message and email data. Lib Dem Voice published an article by Julian Huppert, the MP for Cambridge, who persuaded 15 of his parliamentary colleagues to sign a letter to the Guardian last week raising concerns about the plans.