A close associate of the London Bridge attacker was arrested on Sunday night in a crackdown that could see a number of terrorists returned to jail, The Telegraph can reveal. Nazam Hussain, 34, was arrested on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts. He was one of 74 convicted terrorists being vetted in the wake of Friday’s attack and sources have told The Telegraph “a number” are expected to be sent back to prison in the coming days.
An associate of the London Bridge killer was arrested as security agencies scrambled to stamp out the threat of copycat attacks. Nazam Hussain, 34, was held in a police raid on his home in Stoke-on-Trent on Saturday on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts. Last night he was recalled to prison for a suspected breach of licence conditions. In 2012 Hussain was jailed for terrorism offences alongside Usman Khan, 28, the knifeman who fatally stabbed two people in the capital on Friday afternoon before being shot dead by police.
Jeremy Corbyn rejected Boris Johnson’s demand yesterday for convicted terrorists to be barred from early prison release, as both main parties tried to make political capital out of the London Bridge terror attack. The prime minister blamed changes to the law under the last Labour government for Usman Khan’s early release saying it was “ridiculous and repulsive” that he should have been freed halfway through his sentence.
Police have arrested a man in Stoke-on-Trent on suspicion of preparing a terrorism attack. The force said a 34-year-old was arrested after a search of his home address. West Midlands Police said the search warrant was executed in connection to ‘a wider on-going review of existing licence conditions of convicted terrorism offenders.’ The man, who has not been named, was arrested on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts contrary to Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.
In one of Britain’s most marginal constituencies, moderate Remainers are wrestling with a general election dilemma that has led to sleepless nights and at least one stomach ache. They must choose between a pro-Brexit Conservative, an ultra-left Labour candidate who said that Tories are “pig f***ers” in a 2015 speech and a Liberal Democrat whose chances of winning the seat are close to zero.
LABOUR is making big inroads into Boris Johnson’s lead thanks to a surge in support from Remainers, a new poll reveals today. Jeremy Corbyn’s party is now on 33 per cent and just nine points behind the Tories, according to the latest survey. The poll, carried out by Survation for ITV, showed the Lib Dem vote being squeezed further with half of Remainers now backing Labour – up by a tenth in just a fortnight.
POLLING guru Sir John Curtice has shot a broadside across Boris Johnson’s hopes of a majority and his fervent ambition to “get Brexit done”. His predictions are not good news for the Conservative Party. The professor of politics points out the Labour advances on the Liberal Democrats by vacuuming up remain votes and prizing leave votes from the Brexit Party. He describes the battle between the Liberal Democrats and Labour as being pivotal to the chances of the tories achieving a majority.
The chances of the general election resulting in another hung parliament appear to have increased after Labour made gains on the Tories in numerous new opinion polls. Boris Johnson has enjoyed consistent double digit leads over Jeremy Corbyn since the start of the election campaign. But with polling day on December 12 now less than two weeks away the race for Number 10 appears to be tightening. A new survey conducted by BMG Research gives the Tories a six point lead over Labour. The Conservatives are down two points to 39 per cent in that poll – conducted between November 27-29 – when compared to a previous survey conducted on November 21.
The Conservative lead in the general election campaign has been more than halved in just one week, putting the UK in “hung parliament territory”, an exclusive poll for The Independent shows. Boris Johnson’s party is now only six points ahead of Labour, it has found – matching other surveys suggesting the race is tightening dramatically, amid growing Tory nervousness. Jeremy Corbyn is successfully winning back the support of voters threatening to defect to other parties, the poll by BMG Research shows, taking his party’s rating up five points to 33 per cent.
BORIS JOHNSON has promised three Brexit promises that will be delivered by January 31. Speaking on BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show, Boris Johnson revealed three Brexit promises that he said will be delivered by January 31 if his party secures a parliamentary majority in the upcoming general election. The Prime Minister insisted there would be no tariffs and checks on goods moving from Northern Ireland into Great Britain. He also guaranteed the UK will leave the EU on January 31. The Prime Minister told Andrew Marr: “There will be no tariffs and there will be no checks and what we will ensure is that the whole of the UK, Northern Ireland and the rest of us, can come out.”
Visitors to the UK from the European Union and the Commonwealth will have to comply with a US-style electronic visa system after Brexit, under plans set out today by Home Secretary Priti Patel. The plans for a new Electronic Travel Authorisation system (ETA) will make it easier for border guards to screen arrivals and block threats from entering the UK, the Tories say. It is part of a five-strong plan to secure the borders after Brexit and will be launched by Ms Patel and Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, at a border post today.
EU visitors will need US-style electronic clearance before travelling to Britain after Brexit, the Tories have pledged. Travellers from Europe currently only require an ID card to gain entry. But under the proposed system, they would require passports – and have to fill in an online form before travelling. This would give officials more of a chance to screen arrivals and block those deemed as a threat from entering. In another move, importers would have to provide information on goods arriving as part of a bid to crackdown on smuggling.
ALL visitors to Britain will have to fill out a US-style visa waiver form after Brexit, Boris Johnson will say today. The plan, part of a five-point Tory blueprint to strengthen Britain’s borders, will allow officials to screen arrivals in advance and block those deemed a threat from entering the country. And, when the technology becomes available, the electronic travel authorisation — similar to the ESTAs needed to visit the US — will have to include biometric data. This will enable investigators to link evidence from crime scenes to foreigners in the country.
European citizens will be required to gain US-style pre-approval to enter Britain after Brexit in a fresh border clampdown to be unveiled by the Conservatives today. In a move to shift the election debate on to immigration the Tories will outline plans to make all visitors to Britain receive additional security clearance before they travel. There is expected to be a charge for the checks, similar to the American ESTA system.
Jeremy Corbyn has promised to spend an additional £1.5bn a year in order to slash rail fares for season ticket holders by a third if Labour wins power. Labour will on Monday announce plans to cut regulated fares by 33 percent in January, which it claims will save the average commuter more than £1,000 annually. The discount will apply to roughly 45 percent of fares, including season tickets and those purchased at peak times. Children aged 16 and under would also receive free rail travel, while part time workers will be guaranteed “fair” fares which cost no more per journey than weekly or season tickets.
LABOUR in government will save commuters over £1,000 every year in the “biggest-ever rail fares cut” in history. Under radical plans announced by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn today, the party would drop train ticket prices by 33 per cent from January 2020 as part of its moves towards making a fully integrated public railway system. Labour would also guarantee an option of discounted rail fares for part-time workers and make rail travel free for everyone under 16. The Rail Delivery Group admits that the current privatised system contains 55 million different fares.
Labour has announced what it is billing as the biggest ever plan to cut rail fares, promising that in government it would immediately reduce the price of season tickets and other regulated fares by a third, and introduce a wider simplification of the ticketing system. The plans – which would only affect fares in England as those in Wales and Scotland are devolved – would also seek to ensure part-time workers do not have to pay more per journey than season ticket holders, while those aged 16 and under would get free rail travel.
BRITISH voters have lashed out at Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party for threatening to hike taxes on “hard working” pensioners. Yesterday Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell revealed British pensioners on £20,000 a year would be forced to pay an extra £1,000 in tax under a Labour government, despite Jeremy Corbyn’s insistence those earning under £80,000 would not be forced to hand over extra money. Pensioners would fork out the money under changes capital gains and dividends. The survey, carried out from 5pm on November 30 to 3pm December 1, asked: “Are Labour correct to tax pensioners earning £20,000 a year an extra £1,000?”
Jeremy Corbyn will divert money earmarked for building roads to cutting commuter rail fares if Labour wins the general election, the party says. The Labour leader would cut regulated rail fares by 33 per cent from next month, which Labour estimates will save the average commuter in England more than £1,000 a year. About 40 per cent of rail fares are regulated or under government control. These include season tickets on most commuter journeys, some long-distance off-peak return tickets and anytime tickets around big cities.
Jeremy Corbyn today said freedom of movement from the European Union would never ‘totally’ end under a Labour government if the UK goes ahead with its divorce from the bloc. His comments appear to go further than what Labour has pledged in its 2019 general election manifesto in which it said free movement would be ‘subject to negotiations’. Meanwhile, Mr Corbyn again refused to say how he would vote at the second Brexit referendum which Labour has committed to holding if it forms a government after December 12.
Jeremy Corbyn blasted Tory cuts that have left the country vulnerable to terrorism as Labour surged in the polls with vows to end austerity. The Labour leader also slammed the part-privatisation of the probation service as he spoke out in the wake of Friday’s London Bridge atrocity – which he called an attack on “our democratic process itself”. Terrorist Usman Khan killed Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones after being released early from jail on licence.
Brexit is contributing to a serious brain drain in UK universities, say the Liberal Democrats, after it emerged that almost 11,000 EU academics had left since the 2016 referendum. The figures, based on freedom of information responses from universities, show 10,918 left in the three years starting with the 2016-17 financial year. In 2018-19, 4,014 quit, 31% more than in 2015-16, and 40% more than in 2014-15. The figures are almost certain to be underestimates of the real total, because the study is based on 81 universities that responded to the requests. Universities UK, the main representative body for the higher education sector, has 136 members.
The Liberal Democrats have suspended a member of staff after being accused of faking an email in order to quash a negative news story. The staff member, who has not been named, is alleged to have falsified the email to prove that the Liberal Democrats had responded to a request for comment from the website OpenDemocracy. Lawyers for the Liberal Democrats had accused OpenDemocracy of “irresponsible” behaviour that was “intended to be disparaging against our client”, after the website published a piece on the party selling data to the Remain campaign in 2016.
The Lib Dems would not support Labour’s plans to renationalise key industries in the event of a hung Parliament, the party’s leader Jo Swinson has said. She told the BBC Radio 5’s Pienaar’s Politics the policy was a “distraction” and not “the way forward”. The Lib Dems and Labour have both ruled out a coalition deal if there is no clear general election winner. Asked if she would try to block Labour from forming a minority government, she said it was a “fantasy situation”.
Three years ago, the British people voted to take back control of our money laws and borders. As Home Secretary, control of our borders is my responsibility. I see the constraints EU law places on our ability to secure our border all the time. Whether it involves criminality such as smuggling of people, drugs and weapons or our inability to stop dangerous criminals coming into the country, it’s clear to me that EU membership is incompatible with the vigorous border security I and the British people want to see.
Boris Johnson’s pledge to hold a comprehensive defence review next year is set to fuel fierce wrangling within and between the three armed services as they compete for funding. A dispute has already started in the army about its ability to field a war-fighting division, a commitment outlined in the 2015 Whitehall-wide strategic defence and security review that insiders say is unaffordable. Ageing tanks, artillery, surveillance and target acquisition assets cannot easily be upgraded or renewed under current budget projections, army sources say.
GPs can no longer be expected to do the job full-time, the new head of Britain’s family doctors has said, as new research shows just one in 20 young medics intend to do so. Patients groups said the findings were “alarming,” reflecting a growing workforce crisis which is fuelling longer waiting times. It comes just a week after the British Medical Association’s members voted to axe home visits, in order to lessen their workloads. The research by respected think tank The King’s Fund polled 840 trainee GPs – doctors who are already working in general practice, but not fully qualified – asking them about their intentions for the future.
The number of GP surgeries is at a record low. Shock new NHS figures reveal more than five practices are shutting in England every week. There are 6,867 GP surgeries in England – the lowest level since records began in 1995. GP numbers also fell more than 300 in the past year. There were 28,315 fully-trained GPs in September this year, a decrease of 339 in just a year. At the same time, the number of patients per practice has soared by 5.1% on last year to 8,737.
Ministers should consider allowing women to take abortion pills without seeing a doctor in person, leading medical practitioners have said. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has called for the Department of Health to review a policy that prevents women taking the first drug needed for an early medical abortion at home. The organisation is “broadly supportive” of women being able instead to obtain abortion pills after a video consultation, via a service such as Skype, a spokeswoman said. The recommendation came as a survey of 3,000 women commissioned by the royal college found that 60 per cent said they could not easily access medical care for unplanned pregnancies, including abortion services.
The Nato leaders’ meeting in Britain this week has the potential to be “derailed by a triple threat” from three presidents, a former chief of the alliance has warned. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former secretary-general, said it was set to be a “very risky meeting” of the 29 allied heads of state, as divisions threaten to destabilise the alliance in its 70th year. In an interview with The Times he cautioned that the presidents of the US, France and Turkey each had the ability to upend the event.
Nato should de-escalate conflict with Russia in order to focus on the climate crisis and the wealth of billionaires, Jeremy Corbyn has said. In a show of support for French president Emmanuel Macron, who said last week there should be a “change in direction” by the security bloc and closer ties with Moscow, the Labour leader on Sunday called for “a wider perspective” on threats to the West. His speech came as Nato’s Secretary General refused to deny that Tony Blair and David Cameron could both be given roles at the defence bloc.
High-Speed 2 officials are ploughing ahead with preparations for a £270m station in Birmingham despite the cloud hanging over the future of the rail link. Contractors are being asked to register interest in building Birmingham Interchange in Solihull, a station that will connect HS2 services to the city’s airport. The first phase of HS2 will build a new train link between London and Birmingham, cutting journey times to 49 minutes. The second phase will involve the building of a Y-shaped network from the West Midlands to Crewe, with links from Crewe to Manchester, and Birmingham to Leeds. The Government has commissioned a review into the project amid concerns over spiralling costs that have ballooned to £88bn, according to latest estimates.
Hundreds of thousands of commuters face a month of chaos as union barons launch the longest strike in the history of British railways. The unprecedented 27-day action will see 850 services cancelled every day on South Western Railway (SWR), one of the country’s busiest operators. The action by the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) will cause misery for an estimated 16million passengers at one of the busiest times of the year. SWR runs 1,850 trains a day across London, Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset and Devon.