Boris Johnson Faces His First Terror Attack As PM
Sign up now to get The Waugh Zone, our evening politics briefing, by email. A Big Test For Johnson Boris Johnson was this afternoon forced to race back to Downing Street from his constituency to respond to a suspected terror incident in London Bridge . A number of people have been injured and a man wearing a hoax device has been shot dead by armed police. Here’s what we know so far. As crass as it sounds, the attention in Westminster will now be turning to how this may affect the general election campaign.The 2017 election was of course tragically pockmarked by atrocities in the same part of London and at Manchester Arena, which killed dozens.
Boris Johnson on Saturday said that those convicted of the most serious terrorist offences should never be released from prison, as arguments over the blame for Friday’s London Bridge attack were thrust centre stage into the election campaign. The prime minister reacted to the latest terrorist
Home secretary Priti Patel, here with Boris Johnson at London Bridge , blamed Labour for Khan’s release on appeal last December. A row has broken out between the Conservatives and Labour over the practice of reducing jail terms for violent offenders following the London Bridge terrorist
Boris Johnson has sought to blame Labour for the early release of the convicted terrorist who killed two people at London Bridge as the political row over the knife attack intensified.
The Prime Minister said Usman Khan, who was freed halfway through a 16-year jail sentence, was on the streets because of laws introduced by a “leftie government”.
He described the release of criminals who are “as dangerous as this man” as “repulsive” and vowed to take steps to ensure people are not released early when they commit serious offences.
Jeremy Corbyn blasts UK leaders for fuelling terrorism with war in Iraq and by backing Donald Trump
In a speech on Sunday the Labour leader will say the war on terror has "manifestly failed" and slam his own party for the invasion of Iraq 16 years ago under Tony Blair.Details of the speech have been released with the Labour leader due to say the war on terror has "manifestly failed", adding that security requires "calmly making the right calls at moments of high pressure".
Boris Johnson and Priti Patel visit the scene of the London Bridge terror attackCredit: EPA. He will end automatic early release for those convicted of terrorism , rape or serious violence and sexual Mr Johnson blamed the “zombie” Parliament for delaying tougher jail terms as MPs ate up time trying to
Boris Johnson has vowed an end to early prison release for terrorists Mr Johnson blamed “laws passed in 2008 which established automatic early release ” for Khan’s release , when Gordon Brown was the Labour prime minister. London Bridge attack: Terror police shoot man after stabbing.
UK PM Boris Johnson says there are 74 people who have been released from prison in similar circumstances to the London Bridge attacker, adding they will be "properly invigilated to ensure there is no threat to the public"
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics)
But Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said convicted terrorists should “not necessarily” serve their full prison sentence while shadow attorney general Shami Chakrabarti claimed it was “unedifying” to talk about “throwing away the keys”.
The Liberal Democrats, meanwhile, criticised the two main parties for seeking to use the incident as a “political football”.
On Saturday night, David Merritt said his son Jack, who was killed in the attack, would “not wish his death to be used as the pretext for more draconian sentences or for detaining people unnecessarily”.
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The Lib Dem criticised Mr Johnson’s response to the terror attack and called on him to apologise for ‘misleading people’ over sentencing law.Sir Ed criticised Boris Johnson’s response to the London Bridge terror attack on Friday and called on him to apologise for “misleading people” over the law regarding early release.
SEVENTY-four other people have been released early from similar sentences to that of the London Bridge attacker, Usman Khan, Boris Johnson revealed. The Prime Minister today blamed Labour for the terrorist being allowed out before his prison sentence was over.
Relevations that the London Bridge attacker was a convicted terrorist , freed halfway through a 16-year sentence, have sparked outrage. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has taken aim at the country's policy of early prisoner release following Friday's deadly London Bridge attack.
Jeremy Corbyn says convicted terrorists should "not necessarily" serve their full prison sentences.
The London Bridge attacker, Usman Khan, was released halfway through a 16-year prison sentence for terrorism.
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— Sophy Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday)
In an interview on BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show, Mr Johnson said: “The reason this killer was out on the streets was because of automatic early release which was brought in by a leftie government.”
Pressed on cuts to prison and probation services and the rising levels of assaults on staff during this time, he added: “That is why this new Conservative administration is putting £2.5 billion into our prison service.”
Asked why this has not happened under the last years of Conservative government, he added: “I’m a new Prime Minister, we take a different approach.”
4 Things Boris Johnson Told Andrew Marr That Weren't True
The prime minister was subjected to a grilling on the Andrew Marr Show on Sunday. But how much of what Boris Johnson said was true? Here are four things that were questionable. Friday’s terror attack was possible due to a ‘leftie’ Labour government Usman Khan, the man behind Friday’s terror attack at London Bridge, was handed imprisonment for public protection (IPP) in 2012. This meant he could be be held in prison indefinitely, with no minimum term, until a parole board agreed he was no longer a threat to the public.IPPs, introduced by Labour, were scrapped by the Coalition in 2012, though not retrospectively.
A former top prosecutor says he personally warned Boris Johnson about the risk posed by freeing terrorists who As anger grew over the early release of Usman Khan, Jeremy Corbyn branded the attack he was able to Johnson under pressure to explain release of London bridge terrorist . On the campaign trail in Leeds, the Labour leader said: “Clearly there has been a complete disaster in
Pressure is growing on Boris Johnson to explain why the London Bridge terrorist was freed from prison to carry out the attack, a decision branded “quite Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London , said he had opposed the scrapping of indeterminate sentences and questioned whether people released on
Mr Corbyn, meanwhile, told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday that it “depends on the circumstances” and that it was “not necessarily” the case that people convicted of terrorism offences needed to serve a full prison sentence.
He said: “I think there has to be an examination of how our prison services work and crucially what happens to them on release from prison because I need to know whether or not the Parole Board were involved in his release, apparently they were not, they made that statement quite quickly after the release … after yesterday’s terrible incident.
“Secondly, there were apparently no probation service involvement in monitoring this former prisoner who, after all, had only served half his sentence and he came out, I think, a year ago and there has to be an examination of what goes on in the prison because prisons ought to be a place where people are put away because of major serious offences but also a place where rehabilitation takes place.”
Mr Corbyn said police were “stuck with a situation where there was a credible threat of a bomb belt around his body and it’s an awful situation for any police officer, any public servant to be put in” as he backed the decision to kill the attacker.
UK attack now political football as Johnson, Corbyn spar
LONDON (AP) — Britain’s political leaders sparred Sunday over who is responsible for the early release of a convicted extremist who launched a stabbing attack in central London that left two dead and injured three. After a one-day pause out of respect for victims, Friday’s attack is dominating the political scene as the Dec. 12 election nears, shifting the focus, at least for the moment, from Brexit and the National Health Service to issues of security and criminal justice.The argument centers over the early release from prison of Usman Khan, who served roughly half his sentence before being set free.
Boris Johnson tonight vowed that anyone involved in the latest terror attack to strike London Bridge would be 'hunted down and brought to justice'. The Conservatives and Labour tonight suspended their general election campaigning int he capital out of respect for those affected. The Prime Minister spoke
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, Home Secretary Priti Patel, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Commissioner of the City of London Police Home Secretary Priti Patel has attempted to claim that Labour policies are to blame for the release of the London Bridge terrorist , in tweets
The row came as:
– Mr Johnson insisted there would be no tariffs and checks on goods moving from Northern Ireland into Great Britain.
– The PM again failed to commit to an interview by the BBC’s Andrew Neil, despite Mr Corbyn being grilled by the veteran journalist last week.
– Mr Corbyn said he poses “no threat” to “any community whatsoever” despite a poll suggesting 84% of people believe he is a threat to British Jews.
Raab denies the Tories are politicising the London Bridge attacks by announcing terrorists would be detained for a minimum of 14 years.
Jack Merritt's father said he son would not have wanted to see more draconian sentences.
— Sophy Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday)
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab insisted that the Tories were not politicising the attack but taking “necessary” measures to protect the public.
And he said: “We’ve said that we would expect for the serious terrorist offences a minimum of a 14-year sentence.
“We don’t think that it is the case that they should necessarily be released, we think for some offences they should be imprisoned for life and we also think that terrorist offenders should serve their full sentence, both as a matter of public protection and also confidence in the system.”
He added: “I think again you saw the difference with Jeremy Corbyn, he said that offenders shouldn’t necessarily serve their full sentence, so when you ask the question… who do you trust to keep us safe, again it is the Conservatives and Boris Johnson who are willing to take the measures in these very difficult, challenging times to keep Britain safe.”
A Sentencing Bill included in the Queen’s Speech in October, which became defunct once the election was called, would have changed the automatic release point from halfway to two thirds for adult offenders serving sentences of four years or more for serious violence or sexual offences.
Judges can already impose extended sentences for offenders assessed as “dangerous”, where they will serve two thirds, but the proposed legislation would make the longer jail terms mandatory for certain offences.
Politicians trade blame over London Bridge attack as victims are honoured with vigil .
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn paused Monday to honor the two people killed in the London Bridge attack, then went back to trading blame for the security failings that allowed a man who had been jailed for terrorist crimes to go on a violent rampage in the heart of London. Usman Khan stabbed two people to death and injured three others Friday before being shot and killed by police on the bridge.Politicians, who are campaigning ahead of Britain’s Dec. 12 election, immediately sought to deflect blame for the first fatal attack in London since 2017.