Lord Kirkhope welcomes the PM’s call for a global crack down on airport security

23-Sep-2016 @ 15:00

Timothy Kirkhope

Lord Kirkhope welcomes the PM’s call for a global crack down on airport security

A United Nations move to improve airport security has been backed by Conservative MEP Lord Kirkhope.

Later today the UN Security Council will discuss a resolution, circulated by the UK earlier this month, calling on the International Civil Aviation Organisation to step up its efforts to ensure countries comply with internationally agreed security standards.

Lord Kirkhope, Conservative spokesman for Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, said: “Security is a global matter; organised crime and terrorism do not respect borders. The Prime Minister’s call for a global crackdown on airport security highlights her long-standing commitment to cooperation in this area.

"I saw this commitment whilst working closely with Theresa May during her time in the Home Office, most notably on my report on Passenger Name Records, a vital tool for combating serious crime and terrorism across Europe, by allowing for the exchange of data collected by airlines for flights within the EU.

"The United Kingdom has long been a leading voice in Europe on improving security and I hope in our UK-EU negotiations this reciprocal relationship is safeguarded for the good of UK and EU citizens alike.”

The UN Security Council is holding a ministerial-level meeting today on countering the terrorist threat to civil aviation.

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