Conor McGinn responds to the latest Home Office statistics on arrests for terrorism-related offences
Conor McGinn MP, Labour’s Shadow Security Minister, responding to the latest Home Office statistics on arrests for terrorism-related offences, said:
“These latest figures show that fewer arrests were made for terrorism-related offences last year than at any time in the previous decade. It is worrying that despite the growth of extremism and the recent heightening of the terrorist threat level to severe, arrests have fallen by almost a fifth.
“The Government must ensure that the police and security services have the direction and resources required to keep the British people safe, especially given the additional challenges posed by Covid-19 and the continuing concern and confusion about future UK-EU security co-operation. In addition, Ministers must get on with the long-delayed review of Prevent, set a clear strategy and ensure the right approach to tackling extremism and preventing terrorism.”