More than 200 extremists will face a crackdown in response to the London Bridge murders by a jihadist who was freed from prison early despite posing a risk of serious harm to the public. The Times understands that police, intelligence services and probation chiefs are examining files on 219 known terror suspects. Some are expected to be banned from large towns and cities. Like Usman Khan, who murdered Saskia Jones, 23, and Jack Merritt, 25, at a prison education conference on Friday, 69 of the cases being looked at relate to convicted terrorists freed on licence before the end of their sentences.
MORE than 200 extremists will reportedly face tough new restrictions and could be banned from cities in the wake of the latest London Bridge attack. The crackdown on movements comes after Usman Khan butchered two people following his early release from jail, The Times says. It reports cops, intelligence services and probation chiefs are now examining files on 219 released from prison, or about to be. It is thought 69 are terror convicts freed before the end of their sentences, while 150 are either convicted terrorists approaching release or were arrested under terror laws but later convicted of lesser offences and are now out.
Hate preacher Anjem Choudary is set to be subjected to even tighter controls after he was pictured in the capital today for the first time since Friday’s murderous rampage by Usman Khan. Khan had previously called the Islamist cleric a ‘personal friend’ and it is believed that Choudary’s licencing conditions are currently under review by the authorities. Choudary, 52, was pictured in east London wearing an ankle tag after his disciple Usman Khan butchered two in a murderous rampage on Friday.
There are 67 convicted terrorists who have been freed from prison and are living under restrictive licence conditions in Britain. A week ago the number was 70, and included Usman Khan. The murders he committed at Fishmongers’ Hall, which ended with the police shooting him dead, have led to a review of those on licence and the restrictions imposed on them. Since the attacks on Friday two men who had been free have been returned to prison. Nazam Hussain, 34, a friend of Khan who was jailed alongside him in 2012, was found to be in breach of his licence and taken back to prison at the weekend.
THE LATEST polls reveal Labour have narrowed the gap against the Conservatives. The Tories still have a nine point lead with just ten days to go until the general election on December 12. Follow our General Election 2019 live blog below for all the latest news and updates… THE Foreign Office’s cat Palmerston is back on the mouse-catching beat after four months off with stress. Staff at the FCO have been handed the ‘Palmerston Protocol’ after the cat was found to be stressed as he was being fed too many treats.
The BBC has received a record 24,000 complaints in the past fortnight as the election campaign threatens to erode its reputation for impartiality. The tally includes allegations of bias against Conservatives and Labour as both parties’ activists object to news coverage that they perceive to be slanted against their candidates. Between November 11 and 24, the corporation recorded 24,435 audience complaints, with 17,952 relating to specific programmes. In a normal fortnight fewer than 10,000 complaints are received.
HARD-WORKING Britons have reacted furiously to the Labour Party’s latest plan to increase taxes on pensioners. At the weekend, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell revealed pensioners on £20,000 a year may be forced to pay an extra £1,000 in tax under a Labour Government. The proposal to hit the pocket of Britain’s older generation, has since been condemned by hundreds of users of social media, with one branding the plan “disgraceful” and another urging the party to “shove them where the sun don’t shine”.
Jeremy Corbyn once said that he wished Nato and other Western military alliances did not exist, it emerged last night. Newly-unearthed video footage showed Mr Corbyn saying, only five years ago, that he was ‘not a fan’ of the alliance that has helped keep Britain safe since the end of Second World War. It emerged as Britain hosts a major Nato summit today, bringing together world leaders, including President Trump. The video will further call into question the Labour leader’s stance on security matters, after he said that terrorists should not have to serve their full terms.
LEAKED papers used by Jeremy Corbyn to smear the Tories were last night linked to a Kremlin fake news campaign. The dossier, said to show Boris Johnson would sell the NHS to Donald Trump, was ripped off the online forum Reddit. But analysts say the papers, waved by Mr Corbyn at an election rally, bore the hallmarks of a Russian disinformation campaign called Secondary Infektion. Ben Nimmo, head of investigations at media analytics outfit Graphika, said: “It’s on the same set of websites, it’s using the same types of accounts and making the same language errors.
Leaked documents said by Labour to prove that the NHS was “on the table” in trade talks with the US were initially disseminated online by anonymous posters operating in a way similar to a Russian information operation known as Secondary Infektion, according to a social media research firm. A 19-page report published on Monday by the consultancy Graphika said that while it could not conclusively prove a Russian origin to the leak, the early distribution of the cache of files via Reddit, three German-language websites and an anonymous Twitter account reflected a method of operation seen repeatedly over recent years.
Labour has been told to “come clean” over whether it has helped to spread Russian “disinformation” during the general election campaign. Jeremy Corbyn last week published a leaked dossier of classified information which he used to attack the Conservatives over the NHS, but refused to say how he got it. On Monday night, independent researchers said the documents carried “the spectre of foreign influence” as they had been published online using methods that directly mirror an earlier Russian disinformation campaign.
Jeremy Corbyn has urged the prime minister to break off trade talks with Donald Trump until any reference to pharmaceuticals is struck out of Washington’s negotiating objectives. As the US president prepared to fly in on Monday evening to attend the Nato summit alongside other world leaders, Corbyn wrote to Boris Johnson to urge him to give fresh reassurances about NHS privatisation. The Labour leader has repeatedly accused the prime minister of preparing to sell off the NHS, and Labour activists at recent rallies have taken up a chorus of “Not for sale! Not for sale!”
Jeremy Corbyn has said there would be “no deal” with the US, under a Labour government, if it insisted the NHS was included in post-Brexit trade talks. The Labour leader has written to Donald Trump setting out his demands, ahead of the US president’s arrival in the UK for a Nato summit. He said: “The British public need urgent clarity that our NHS is genuinely off the table.”
Jeremy Corbyn has been heavily criticised after he published a ‘chilling’ Labour election video expressing the party’s support for minority groups which makes no mention of the UK’s Jewish community. Mr Corbyn posted the one minute and eight second video about diversity on Twitter on Saturday with the words ‘this is our strength’. The video uses a speech by shadow equalities secretary Dawn Butler as a voice over in which she lists various different groups and insists ‘a Labour government will value you’.
Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to stand up for “exploited, ripped off and dehumanised workers”, as Labour calls out what it claims to be the UK’s five worst employers. Naming the companies – Amazon, Uber, Asda, Sports Direct and outsourcing giant ISS – the party said it will take on the “bad bosses” with its newly published work manifesto. Detailing what Labour promises to be the biggest expansion of workers’ rights in Britain’s history, the party will reiterate its pledges to ban zero-hours contracts and introduce a £10 minimum wage for all employees.
HUGE numbers of working class voters could desert Labour over Jeremy Corbyn’s support for a second referendum, a union chief warned last night. He said Corbyn risks being deserted by “huge numbers” of working class voters in Labour’s heartlands over his support for a second referendum. Unite boss Len McCluskey, who is a key Corbynista, said a poll of 75,000 Labour members showed the party’s failure to back Brexit is hitting them in the North and Midlands.
Jeremy Corbyn faces an uphill struggle to win over Leave voters in the Midlands, a focus group run by HuffPost UK and Edelman suggests. Brexit voters in Newcastle-under-Lyme, most of whom backed Labour in the past, said they were ready to switch allegiance to Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party as they branded Corbyn “airy fairy”, “weak”, “bland and indecisive”. The group was also sceptical about the Labour manifesto – which includes billions for the NHS, a payout for “WASPI” women, free dental care and free broadband – with voters welcoming it as “Christmas come early” but questioning if “Santa Claus” Corbyn could deliver.
President Donald Trump arrived in the UK last night for a crunch Nato summit, hours after Jeremy Corbyn blamed him for inspiring the deadly terror attack on London Bridge. Mr Corbyn was accused of using the language of Osama bin Laden after ignoring pleas avoid politicising the atrocity to tear into the US president. A Labour election attack video posted on Twitter used an image of Friday’s bloody carnage, which left two innocent people dead.
Up to three-quarters off train fares and free travel for under-16s – that is Labour’s promise to rail passengers if elected. An across-the-board 33 per cent cut in regulated fares would take effect from January 2020, replacing the planned 2.7 per cent increase announced by train operators. In addition, a crucial change in pricing for rush-hour tickets would see some fares fall by as much as 76 per cent. Regulated fares include season tickets on most commuter journeys, peak-time tickets around major cities and some off-peak return tickets on long-distance journeys. +
MICHAEL GOVE has promised Britain will be outside of the Common Fisheries Policy after Brexit should the Conservative Parliament succeed in forming a majority Government from this month’s general election. If the Tories are able to achieve that in the December 12 poll, Boris Johnson will immediately look to finally push his Brexit deal through the UK Parliament. Britain is set to leave the European Union on January 31, but British fishermen are currently bound by the CFP.
Even above-inflation rises in council tax will leave a £1 billion black hole in social care under the Conservatives, an influential think tank has warned. Council tax will have to rise at the maximum permitted 4 per cent annually to stop elderly care getting even worse and councils will still require government bailouts beyond those already promised, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) concludes. However, the Conservatives are also looking at letting councils add an extra 2 per cent to council tax bills to raise £500 million for social care, in a repeat of “precepts” used in previous years.
An American-style visa waiver scheme and automatic entry and exit checks to track down people who have overstayed in the UK will be introduced by the Tories as part of beefed up border security post-Brexit. The measures will mean people will be counted in and out of the country to ensure they do not stay longer than their visa allows, while European ID cards will be banned from being used to enter the country in favour of biometric passports. The party hopes the Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) would provide an enhanced ability to screen arrivals against watchlists and block those deemed to be a threat from entering the UK.
BORIS JOHNSON has warned voters that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is a security risk who will bow down to the nation’s enemies. The Conservative Party leader said Mr Corbyn’s long history of siding with the IRA, Palestinian terrorists and the Kremlin makes him becoming Prime Minister, a terrifying prospect for Britain. In an interview with The Sun, Mr Johnson said: “Every time he has the chance, he sides with our enemies. “He spent the long years of the Cold War basically on the other side.”
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.
Jackson Carlaw has said he would now campaign to leave the EU if there was a second referendum, despite backing the Remain side ahead of 2016’s vote. The interim leader of the Scottish Conservatives said he had changed his mind about the benefits of being in the EU, claiming it was seeking to form a “united army” and that he no longer supported its aims. Ahead of the 2016 referendum he campaigned for Remain alongside Ruth Davidson, who quit as Scottish Tory leader partly because she disagreed with the UK party’s pro-Brexit stance.
UKIP have launched their manifesto and said none of their members were “seriously racist” as polling day draws closer. The party’s interim leader, Patricia Mountain, launched the manifesto in Westminster, in which UKIP calls for a “clean exit” from the EU, and denies there is a climate emergency. Speaking at a news conference at the launch, she said: “Please give a good impression to the public that we’re not nasty racists. We are good, honest, caring people, all of us are. “I’ve never met a racist in UKIP. Well, maybe a few people on the edge, but not seriously racist, you know, only people who have concerns about this country.”
Ukip‘s new interim leader kicked off her party’s manifesto day by bungling her way through what has been described as a “car crash” interview on Sky News. During the eight-minute chat on Monday morning, Patricia Mountain – Richard Braine‘s replacement – failed to name a single seat the party is standing in. When pressed by presenter Adam Boulton on her party’s pledge on immigration she did not know any of the details. And responding to questions about whether the party is racist she admitted they had no black candidates but announced they had one Indian man – although she was unsure of his actual ethnicity.
EU nationals will need to apply for a US-style visa waiver to enter the UK after Brexit, under new plans set out by home secretary Priti Patel. The proposals mean European visitors, who currently only require an ID card to enter the UK, will be required to fill in an online form and go through additional security clearance at least three days before travelling, with an accompanying demand for payment. Ms Patel said the move would improve border security in the UK, claiming EU law was currently “limiting [the UK’s] border capability”.
More than half of hospitals have opened extra beds to help them cope with the NHS winter crisis amid an influx of patients with potentially fatal breathing problems. Many of the so-called escalation beds are already occupied by people suffering from flu, pneumonia or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbated by the arrival of very cold weather in many parts of the UK. The British Thoracic Society (BTS), which represents specialist lung doctors and nurses, has found that 52% of UK hospitals have already created extra bed capacity to help them prepare for the imminent surge in winter demand.
Links between the Tory party and the private healthcare industry are today laid bare. A Mirror investigation has found a dozen connections between the party of government and those who seek to profit from our NHS. They include Boris Johnson ’s former chief adviser Dominic Cummings, who previously worked for a healthcare firm which might benefit from a £250million fund announced by the Government. This raises a question of a potential conflict of interest, as does a donation Health Secretary Matt Hancock received from the owner of a private NHS provider who has given £460,000 to the Tories and has been made a director of NHS Improvement.
THE end of HIV is “on the horizon” – as the first vaccine to tackle the virus could be available by as soon as 2021, scientists believe. Researchers say they are “optimistic” about the future, as trials of three different vaccines are close to entering their final stages. Results of the vaccine experiments, known as HVTN 702, Imbokodo and Mosaico, will be available as early as next year. When a person is diagnosed with HIV, doctors start them on antiretroviral treatment straight away.
Commuters were forced to queue for up to an hour to board trains yesterday as the longest strike in the history of the railway caused mayhem on one of the country’s busiest networks. Passengers using South Western Railway told of being locked out of stations and packed into rail replacement buses after the start of an unprecedented month-long stoppage. The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) is taking action for 27 days in December as part of a bitter dispute over the role of guards on a new generation of trains.
Commuters were given a ‘taste of things to come’ under Jeremy Corbyn yesterday as union militants began the longest strike in Britain’s rail history. On a day of mayhem, hundreds of thousands of passengers endured ‘horrendous’ delays on South Western Railway (SWR) due to action by the Labour-backed Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT). With 900 train guards on strike, SWR had to cancel 850 trains across swathes of London and the South –wrecking the travel plans of an estimated 600,000 passengers.