Theresa May to visit Tunisia terror scene

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29th June 2015

Theresa May will today visit the site of the terrorist attack in Tunisia which left at least 30 Britons dead. 

The Home Secretary is flying out for meetings with Tunisian officials and to offer the UK’s assistance in dealing with the aftermath of Friday’s massacre on the beach at Sousse.

The Prime Minister made the announcement on the Today programme this morning, saying:

“Theresa May and the Foreign Office Minister Tobias Ellwood are flying out to Tunisia to have meetings with government ministers to talk about security, how to combat terrorism, but also to go to Sousse and see for themselves what has happened and obviously to give their condolences to all those who have lost loved ones.”

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David Cameron said the murders had “shocked the whole of the world” and said Britain would offer whatever support was necessary to help the families.

“What we must do in the short term is respond as well as we can, helping to bring back the wounded and today we’ll be sending out an RAF C-17 to help with that evacuation of casualties and also work as fast as we can to inform the families about the terrible news,” he added.  

“And I know it has taken time, but these are very difficult things and we must get them right.”

Mr Cameron is calling for a “full-spectrum response” to the threat of Islamism: encompassing helping the families of the victims in Tunisia; dealing with the menace of so-called Islamic State abroad in countries like Iraq, Syria and Libya; and tackling extremism at home.