Tories attack Jeremy Corbyn's anti-terror record after he slams police cuts
The Conservatives have hit back at Jeremy Corbyn after he condemned police cuts in the wake of the terror attack in London Bridge that left seven dead.
With just three days to go until the general election, Security Minister Ben Wallace slammed the Labour leader’s “desperate promise and evasive soundbites”.
Mr Corbyn had accused the Prime Minister of trying to “protect the public on the cheap” after she cut police numbers by 20,000.
He also attacked the Government over its close ties to Saudi Arabia "and other Gulf states that have funded and fuelled extremist ideology".
But Mr Wallace shot back: “This was a hastily-arranged speech designed to help Jeremy Corbyn run from his record on counter-terrorism policy, but it failed.
“He has boasted about opposing every single counter-terror law, opposed the use of shoot to kill, and gave cover to the IRA when they bombed and shot our citizens.
“Voters will judge him on his views and actions in the last 30 years, not his desperate promises and evasive soundbites three days out from polling day.”
Mr Corbyn voted against certain terror laws because of their impact on civil liberties – among other reasons. Mrs May also voted against a number of pieces of terror legislation.
Mrs May yesterday declared “enough is enough” as she signalled a major crackdown on extremism in the wake of the latest attack.
At a speech in Carlisle last night, Mr Corbyn said: "You cannot protect the public on the cheap. The police and security services must get the resources they need, not 20,000 police cuts.
"Theresa May was warned by the Police Federation but she accused them of ‘crying wolf’.
"We will recruit another 10,000 new police officers, including more armed police, as well as 1,000 more security services staff to support our communities and help keep us safe."
TIM FARRON HITS OUT
Lib Dem leader Tim Farron joined Mr Corbyn in condemning Mrs May’s record on radicalisation and terror during her six years as Home Secretary.
In an article for the Guardian he wrote: “In her rhetoric, Theresa May is ignoring her own record of wrong choices, both as Home Secretary and Prime Minister, and continuing down the wrong path.”
He slammed the cuts to policing and like Mr Corbyn accused Mrs May of hiding a report into terror funding by Gulf states.