Thursday 8 March 2018 / 11:37 AM Diane Abbott

Diane Abbott responds to Home Office stats on terrorism

Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to the latest Home Office statistics on terrorism, said:

“The sharp increase in the number of arrests reflects the rise in terrorist incidents that took place in 2017. But the threat has not gone away and the Tories’ cuts to police numbers undermine police forces’ ability to respond.

“Both the security services and counter-terrorism police are clear that community policing is in the frontline in the fight against terrorism, yet community policing has borne the brunt of Government police cuts.”