Conservative MP for Isle of Wight (since 2001). Executive Member of the 1922 Committee. Justice Committee. Vice Chairman of Conservative Party (2003-5)
Geography at Oxford. Teacher training at University of Birmingham and Henley Management College.
Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill
Can my right hon. Friend explain for my benefit why it is legitimate to have the 12-month limit with the approval of Government, but not with the approval of the European Court of Justice?
Voted against ID cards 
Communications Green Paper
Concerns over Surveillance Proposals 3 April 2012
- On his constituency website Andrew Turner, the Island’s MP, has expressed his concerns over new surveillance laws proposed by the Government. It is feared the legislation, which aims to make it easier for security services to investigate serious crime and terrorism, could encroach on civil liberties. It has been reported that proposals would provide communications data accumulated from the phone calls, texts, emails and the internet use of individuals to various Government agencies.
To a question, posed by Shami Chakrabarti, director of the civil rights group Liberty, concerning the infringement on civil liberties Andrew Turner replied:
- The UK is often seen as a beacon of freedom and this is a step in the wrong direction. Of course we should debate how terrorism suspects and criminals are monitored as technology moves forward, but if media reports are even half right these proposals, if passed, could be the start of a slippery slope. The privacy of individuals going about their lawful business should continue to be protected. I will be watching the progress of these proposals closely and will resist any changes that could lead to infringements on the rights and existing freedom of individuals.
Andrew Turner MP, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA; mail@IslandMP.com; 01983 522404.