There has been some confusion, and consternation, amongst Lib Dems about whether the relocation of terrorist suspects has been agreed. The civil liberties questions such measures raise always raise issues in the Lib Dems, and relocation immediately invites comparison with control orders, which the party opposed.
Speaking to senior Lib Dem sources they confirmed that “we have agreed to look at” relocation. They told me that this is being done at the request of David Anderson, who is responsible for monitoring government terror legislation.
However, they al emphasised that at this point, whatever the Prime Minister has said, bringing back relocation has not been agreed. It may be brought in, it may be brought in with conditions, it may continue to be rejected, that is what the discussion will be about. Having the conversation has been agreed, the policy outcome has not.
What is clear though is that the Lib Dems have absolutely not agreed to it now, and still have some concerns about taking people out of their community.