General Election campaigning is returning at full throttle amid an escalating war of words over terrorism in the wake of the London Bridge attack.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn used a speech on Sunday evening to turn his fire on Theresa May, accusing her of denying police and security services the resources they need while suppressing evidence of Saudi support for violent extremists.
Conservatives hit back with a broadside on Mr Corbyn’s record of opposing counter-terror laws and the use of shoot-to-kill tactics by police facing armed attackers.
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) June 5, 2017
In a high-profile speech after chairing a meeting of the Government’s Cobra emergency committee, Mrs. May will seek to return the campaign focus to her favoured issue of leadership.
She will say that the right leader is needed to deliver not only a strong economy and a successful Brexit but also security at a time when the country faces a very serious terror threat.
Declaring that “enough is enough” after the third atrocity in as many months, Mrs May on Sunday set out a raft of proposals for action to improve security after the June 8 election.
We cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are. Things need to change, and they need to change in four important ways. pic.twitter.com/szq25idIC7
— Theresa May (@theresa_may) June 4, 2017
These could include Longer jail sentences for terrorists and their accomplices; New powers for police and security agencies; Moves to counter radical propaganda and prevent the growth of segregated societies in the UK; And international agreement to stop extremists using the Internet to spread their message and plan attacks.
Mrs. May said that recent attacks in Westminster, Manchester and London Bridge represented a “new trend” of individuals and small groups inspired by the same “evil ideology of Islamist extremism” even when they are not part of a network together.
In a significant ramping up of her anti-terror message, the PM said: “It is time to say enough is enough.
— Conservatives (@Conservatives) June 5, 2017
“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.”
Source: Central Fife Times, UK