Monday 24 February 2020 / 12:05 AM Nick Thomas-Symonds

Thomas-Symonds reacts to gov’t plans to protect public spaces against terror attacks

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Labour’s Shadow Security Minister, responding to government plans for legal duty to protect public spaces from terror attacks, said:
 “There can be no objection to proper consultation on a duty to protect and we pay tribute to those who have campaigned for this change.
“However, a duty to protect is no substitute for professional policing. Combating the terrorists requires everything from community policing through to counter-terrorism.
“Unfortunately, successive Tory governments axed police numbers and the current government does not have plans to fully restore them any time soon.”