PM May hits out at Labour leader for terrorism remarks

Andrew Cummings
May 28, 2017

"In his speech, Jeremy said protecting this country requires us to be both strong against terrorism and strong against the causes of terrorism", the spokesman said.

In his speech drawing links between British involvement in the "war on terror" and terrorist attacks within the UK, Jeremy Corbyn has been careful to stress that such links could not "remotely excuse" atrocities such as the one at the Manchester Arena.

The YouGov poll said their first poll since the Manchester terrorist attack show that the Conservatives now lead Labour by 5 points (43 percent to 38 percent).

But Conservative International Development Secretary Priti Patel said: "The fact is he backed the IRA, doesn't support North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, wouldn't renew Trident, wants to increase immigration and wants to massively increase taxes on working families". We have to have a government that knows what its approach will be, and that has the strong hand to take into that negotiation process'.

May said more work should also be done to "cooperate with our partners in the region to step up returns and prosecutions of foreign fighters".

Mr Corbyn said he was "concerned" that Army troops have been drafted in to protect certain potential targets, blaming the move on a shortage of police officers due to Tory cuts.

YouGov's Anthony Wells said May and her party had been hurt by the fallout from the manifesto launch but said it was hard to determine the impact of the bombing on the election campaign.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said Friday the terror threat level in the United Kingdom will remain "critical" for now.

At the press conference in Taormina, the historic town where the summit was held, May offered a message to voters and to the Labour leader: "There can never ever be an excuse for terrorism; there can be no excuse for what happened in Manchester".

Authorities are chasing possible links between the bomber, Salman Abedi, and militants in Manchester, elsewhere in Europe, and in North Africa and the Middle East. Britain's security level has been upgraded to "critical" meaning officials believe another attack may be imminent.

"We can not be protected and cared for on the cheap", he said, pledging to increase the number of police on the streets and more resources for security services should they need them.

"This is a man who, for years, has been one of Westminster's foremost apologists for terrorism", wrote Guy Adams, a columnist in the Daily Mail.

The explosion targeted a concert event and killed 22 people and injured more than 60 others.

He reportedly was in contact with family members just before the attack.

Hopkins said these numbers can not be directly linked to the attack.

Ms Griffith later said Mr Corbyn had made clear the defence review "would not question whether or not we would go ahead with the renewal of Trident".

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