Tackling terrorism top of campaign agenda

5 Jun

In a speech on Sunday evening, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn blamed Prime Minister Theresa May for denying police and security services the resources they needed to protect Britons.

Mr Corbyn has already promised to recruit 10,000 police officers and said that, if he wins the election, he will commission a report from security services on the terror threat.

He has accused Mrs May of trying to “protect the public on the cheap”, cutting 20,000 police officers, despite warnings from the Police Federation that this would affect public safety.


Theresa May speaks outside 10 Downing Street

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He also said he backed the “full authority for the police to use whatever force is necessary to protect and save life as they did last night, as they did in Westminster in March”.

Mr Corbyn said: “Our priority must be public safety and I will take whatever action is necessary and effective to protect the security of our people and our country.”

Responding to Mr Corbyn, Conservative security minister Ben Wallace said: “Voters will judge him on his views and actions in the last 30 years, not his desperate promises and evasive soundbites three days out from polling day.”


Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May took part in the first live TV audience Q&A

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There were seven people killed and dozens injured when three terrorists drove a van onto the pavement on London Bridge on Saturday night and then got out to begin stabbing people.

There have been reports of the heroic actions of people in the area, who did their best to fight off the attackers, and of the police who took just eight minutes to reach the scene.

The attack follows a suicide bombing at a Manchester concert less than two weeks earlier which killed 22 people and a car and knife attack in Westminster in March, which killed five.

Speaking after the London attack, Mrs May said the three attacks represented a “new trend” of people and small groups inspired by the same “evil ideology of Islamist extremism”.


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The Prime Minister, who will chair another meeting of the Government’s emergency committee Cobra this morning, said: “It is time to say enough is enough.

“Everybody needs to go about their lives as they normally would.

“Our society should continue to function in accordance with our values.

“But when it comes to taking on extremism and terrorism, things need to change.”

Mrs May will try to re-focus the campaign her leadership and will say later on Monday that the right leader is vital for a strong economy and successful Brexit at a time when the UK faces a very serious terror threat.


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Mr Corbyn will campaign in the North East on Monday while Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron and Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon will be in Edinburgh.

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