Tuesday 21 January 2020 / 7:21 AM Diane Abbott / Home

Government overhaul of counter terrorism now is an admission of failure – Diane Abbott

Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbott MP, responding to the government announcement on overhauling terrorism response, said:

“After ten years in government, a major overhaul now is actually an admission of failure. Major terrorist outrages have occurred all too frequently, including attacks by perpetrators who were known to the security services.

“The fight against terrorism has been undermined by cuts to policing, including community policing, a lack of effective coordination between police and security services as well as the flawed Prevent programme.  All of these need to change if we are going to improve the safety of our citizens.”