May: I’ll rip up human rights laws that impede new terror legislation / Candidates trade blows over claims Jeremy Corbyn is ‘extremist’
Evening Standard election hustings: Candidates trade blows over claims Jeremy Corbyn is ‘extremist’: Emily Thornberry and Greg Hands traded angry blows over security after he said Jeremy Corbyn would put Londoners in danger.
The pair were at the Evening Standard’s election hustings in Westminster, where they were joined by Liberal Democrat Sir Vince Cable and Sian Berry from the Greens.
Ms Thornberry, the Labour candidate for Islington South, accused Tory Mr Hands, who is running in Chelsea and Fulham, of “lying” as he claimed it would be “dangerous for the capital” if voters elected “someone with the extremist views of Corbyn” in Thursday’s election.
In a heated debate over the need for more anti-terror resources across London, Mr Hands questioned whether Mr Corbyn would “back the police” if he was elected.
A French waiter who worked at a bistro at the south end of London Bridge is the latest victim of the London terror attack to be named.
The Guardian: May: I’ll rip up human rights laws that impede new terror legislation
Theresa May has declared she is prepared to rip up human rights laws to impose new restrictions on terror suspects, as she sought to gain control over the security agenda just 36 hours before the polls open.
The prime minister said she was looking at how to make it easier to deport foreign terror suspects and how to increase controls on extremists where it is thought they present a threat but there is not enough evidence to prosecute them.
The last-ditch intervention comes after days of pressure on May over the policing cuts and questions over intelligence failures, following terror attacks on London Bridge, Manchester and Westminster.
She said: “But I can tell you a few of the things I mean by that: I mean longer prison sentences for people convicted of terrorist offences. I mean making it easier for the authorities to deport foreign terror suspects to their own countries.