General election campaign resumes after London terror attack

The general election campaign is resuming in earnest after Saturday’s London terror attack, with the parties setting out their security credentials.

Prime Minister Theresa May will return to her core theme of leadership after being criticised by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn over police cuts.

The leaders suspended the campaign after the London Bridge attack, in which seven people died.

But Mrs May confirmed the election would go ahead as planned on Thursday.

She will chair a meeting of senior ministers and security chiefs at the government’s emergency Cobra committee on Monday morning.

Downing Street sources said she would deliver a speech as full campaigning restarted, pledging the “leadership” needed to keep the country secure from terrorism, strike a Brexit deal, and manage the economy.

On Sunday she called for new measures to tackle extremism, including online, saying in a speech outside No 10 that “enough is enough”.

Security firmly on the table

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg

Voters choose their political parties for all sorts of different reasons.

But as this strange election hurtles towards its close, the demand of who can keep the country safe is firmly on the table.

For Theresa May that doesn’t just mean questions over how she would counter extremism if she stays in power.

But she faces criticism too over the Tories’ record on squeezing money for the police.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has repeated his promise to reverse the cuts and slammed the Tories tonight, warning the government could not “protect the public on the cheap”.

He also tried to counter perceptions that he is soft on security, including his earlier stance on shoot to kill, which he questioned days after the Paris attack at the Bataclan.

He said, if he were prime minister he would take “whatever action is necessary and effective” to protect the public.

After a brief pause, the election campaign is well and truly back, even with a more subdued tone, and with security as its subject.

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Mr Corbyn declared an end to the pause in Labour’s campaign with a speech on Sunday evening attacking the government over police cuts and accusing the government of “suppressing” a report into the foreign funding of extremist groups.

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Most of the parties suspended their national campaigns over the weekend, although UKIP’s continued, with leader Paul Nuttall saying that stopping would be “precisely what the extremists would want us to do”.

Mr Nuttall appeared on a Question Time general election special on Sunday night, as did Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley, with security and terrorism both featuring heavily.

Mr Nuttall called for 20,000 more police officers on UK streets, and for a review of funding of mosques in Britain, and Mr Bartley said the Prevent counter-radicalisation strategy should be scrapped.



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