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UK News Party leaders accused of politicising London Bridge terror attack

17:40  02 december  2019
17:40  02 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The leaders of the main parties have been sharply criticised for “politicising” the London Bridge terror attack in the run up to the General Election.

Following a series of heated changes over the weekend involving Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn, Dame Louise Casey – a former government adviser on community cohesion – said both sides were oversimplifying the issue.

And former Tory justice minister Phillip Lee – who has since defected to the Lib Dems – launched an attack on Mr Johnson, accusing him of “lying and misleading” in the wake of the tragedy.

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Early signs that the attack was becoming politicised with less than two weeks to go before the 12 December election came when the home secretary, Priti Corbyn said the attack was a disaster which reflected failings at multiple levels. “There’s got to be a very full investigation and clearly there’s been

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“The desperate, sort of, politicisation of this by Boris Johnson – not a man who is known for details – wading into something which is actually quite complex is not appropriate,” he told the PA news agency.

a group of people standing next to a person in a suit and tie: London Bridge victims Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones (Met Police/PA) © Provided by PA Media London Bridge victims Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones (Met Police/PA)

The Tories have sought to blame legislation passed under the last Labour government for the early release of Usman Khan, which meant he was let out of prison halfway through his sentence.

Labour in turn accused the Conservatives of starving the prison and probation services of resources, warning that it was impossible to “keep people safe on the cheap”.

Mr Corbyn has also linked the radicalisation of Khan – who was convicted of terrorist offences in 2012 – to the Iraq war.

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Unsurprisingly, the horrific attack at London Bridge has dominated the news over the weekend. This morning the Conservatives stand accused of politicising the Boris Johnson has been accused of trying to create political capital out of the deaths of two people in the London Bridge terror attack .

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However, Dame Louise said the issues were more complex than either side was prepared to allow.

“What happened over the weekend, the politicisation of this – Jeremy Corbyn saying this is all about austerity and today saying it’s all about the Iraq War, and Boris Johnson saying this is about being tough on crime and longer prison sentences – the truth is these things are much more difficult,” she told BBC Radio 4’s The World at One.

Dame Louise Casey has criticised the party leaders for politicising the London Bridge terror attack (Ian Nicholson/PA) © Provided by PA Media Dame Louise Casey has criticised the party leaders for politicising the London Bridge terror attack (Ian Nicholson/PA)

“It has got very political, very quickly about what is happening in prisons.

“Either you have to say this is all about cuts to the Prison Service and it is all about re-offending or you are saying ‘Actually there is no hope, these people are going to be dreadful when they come out, we should never the let them out of prison’.

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The breaking news right now is an alleged “ terrorist attack ” on London Bridge . The story as reported so far is a man, wearing a “hoax suicide vest”, attacked and stabbed several people near the north end of London bridge . The man was set upon by the public, disarmed and held until armed police arrived

How the London Bridge terror attack unfolded – video report. Wilkie said Khan and his co- accused Nazam Hussain and Mohammed Shahjahan were planning to fund and establish the terrorist training school, with Khan and Hussain planning to leave the UK in January 2011 to train.

“I think the answer lies somewhere in the middle. Actually I don’t think we are resourced in prisons sufficiently to deal with this.

“At the same time I actually happen to agree that it should never have been an automatic that somebody was released halfway through their sentence for a terrorist offence.”

Mr Johnson and Mr Corbyn both attended a vigil at Guildhall Yard in London on Monday to honour Cambridge graduates Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones, who died when Khan launched his attack on a prisoner rehabilitation event they were supporting.

Mr Merritt’s family said at the weekend that he would not have wanted his death to be used as a pretext by politicians for introducing “even more draconian sentences” for prisoners.

Robert Buckland wearing a suit and tie: Justice Secretary Robert Buckland has said it was important to get the ‘tone’ of the debate right (Aaron Chown/PA) © Provided by PA Media Justice Secretary Robert Buckland has said it was important to get the ‘tone’ of the debate right (Aaron Chown/PA)

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said it was important to get the “tone” of the debate right but said protecting the public was the first duty of any government.

“I do think we just need to pause and get the tone of this debate right. But public protection has to be at the heart of the duty of any government,” he told the BBC.

“I have to put that first and foremost by considering first of all existing offenders and secondly the future sentencing regime for terrorism. I make no apology for that.”

Mr Corbyn, campaigning in his Islington North constituency, said convicted terrorists should have to serve a “significant proportion” of their jail sentences, and should only be released when they have been properly rehabilitated and present no threat to the public.

“I do think that continuing with the process allows people to be released ahead of final completion of their sentence if they’ve been rehabilitated and they have been suitably assessed and they are very strictly monitored when they come out – I think that must be the correct way of doing things,” he said.

London Bridge victims died after being stabbed in chest, inquest hears .
The two victims of the London Bridge terror attack died after being stabbed in the chest, an inquest has heard. University of Cambridge graduates Jack Merritt, 25, and 23-year-old Saskia Jones were killed by convicted terrorist Usman Khan during his deadly rampage last Friday. © PA Jack Merritt was a coordinator at a prisoner rehabilitation conference Mr Hall was working as a co-ordinator at a prisoner rehabilitation conference at Fishmongers' Hall where Khan launched his attack, while Ms Jones was a volunteer at the event.

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