“I will make clear to President Trump that intelligence that is shared between our law enforcement agencies must remain secure.”
“We have laid out six key Brexit tests that we feel need to be met to ensure that we get the kind of Brexit that people voted for last year.”
No one looked more uncomfortable to be in the Middle East than Steve Bannon, who was reduced to a ‘seen but not heard’ role in Riyadh.
Ali Miraj: These terror attacks are inspired by a version of Islam. Too many Muslims are unwilling to face up to this fact.
Some would rather fret about the minutiae of the correct height of one’s trousers in relation to one’s ankles when standing for prayer.
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Nor should we indulge the murderer’s view of himself as being motivated by ideology. He was evil, and his final act was to spit in the face of God.
There are some risks to trade, but they should be rationalised and addressed rather than overhyped.
Bright children from working families can close the attainment gap more easily in grammar schools than in comprehensives.
WATCH: Manchester’s Chief Constable – “It’s very clear that this is a network that we’re investigating”
“We have made three further arrests overnight, and this afternoon used a controlled explosion at an address at the city centre.”
The Conservatives come to a deal in Moray – but miss out in Cornwall and Dumfries and Galloway.
Troops deployed. No MPs to probe Ministers. Temperer set to continue. No normal campaigning. We enter No Man’s Land.
The combination of a terror atrocity, mass deployment of troops, an election campaign and no legislature takes us into unchartered waters.
Five thousand armed soldiers are deployed on Britain’s streets as the terror threat level is raised to “critical”
This highest of five threat levels means that “an attack is expected imminently”. They are set not by the Prime Minister, but by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre.
These terrorists are fanatics – not just “losers”. Or simply “evil”. Until we grasp this, we won’t beat them.
Fear of western girls and women is a part of the ideology which is struggling for control of Islam – the hatred of liberal democracy where Salafism and Islamism meet.
WATCH: May – “I ask everybody to be vigilant, and support the police as they go about their important work.”
Plus, read the full text of the Prime Minister’s statement on the heightened threat level and deployment of troops.
Mohammed Amin: As a Muslim, Briton and Mancunian, I believe that defeating terror requires us to stay united
I am fed up to the back teeth with people pronouncing that such terrorist atrocities have nothing to do with the perpetrators’ religious views.
Hammering out a “Son of CAP” has its challenges, but they are more technical than political – and can be resolved.
Community Land Trusts and other schemes are making a positive difference around the country.
“It is an appalling act of violence against people, and it must be totally, unreservedly and completely condemned.”
WATCH: May’s full Manchester statement – “This attack stands out for its appalling, sickening cowardice”
“The spirit of Britain has never been broken, and will never be broken.”
“After our darkest of nights, Manchester is today waking up to the most difficult of dawns.”
The Prime Minister has suspended her election campaign. COBRA met at 9am this morning.
Manchester Attack 1) May to confront Trump over US leaks
“Britain’s vital intelligence-sharing relationship with the United States has been seriously damaged by leaks of sensitive material from the Manchester bombing investigation to the American media, police warned last night. Senior officers authorised an unprecedented public statement on the normally secret intelligence world after crime scene pictures from the Manchester Arena were published in The New York Times. Police chiefs believe that the publication of the images is unnecessarily distressing for the public and could impede the live investigation and any future prosecutions… The photographs emerged hours after Amber Rudd, the home secretary, revealed that she had protested to Washington about the leak of the bomber’s identity to the US media on Tuesday and said: “It should not happen again.” Theresa May will raise the matter directly with President Trump when the two leaders meet at the Nato summit in Brussels today.” – The Times (£)
- Leaked pictures show bomb used in attack – Daily Telegraph
- UK considers withholding intelligence – Daily Express
- Prime Minister urges NATO to join fight against ISIS after bombing – Daily Mail
- NATO to formally join anti-ISIS coalition – FT
- Trump to demand that NATO allies pay their way on defence – The Times (£)
- Trump is pushing UK-US intelligence sharing onto the rocks – Michael Clarke, Times Red Box
- Leaks are irritating, but this relationship is worth its weight in gold – Jeremy Shapiro, Daily Telegraph
Manchester Attack 2) Police hunt for mastermind behind bombing
“Police were hunting for the mastermind of the attack last night as it emerged that the suicide bomber was part of a wider network and the bomb maker is still at large. Investigators believe that Salman Abedi, 22, may have just been a ‘mule’ and that the specialist who prepared his sophisticated device is plotting further bloodshed. Yesterday armed police and the military stormed a series of addresses in Manchester, arresting a number of Abedi’s family members. Three people were held, following the arrest of Abedi’s brother, Ismail, the previous day. It is understood that no bomb-making equipment was found at Abedi’s home, and intelligence officials now believe he either made the bomb elsewhere or was given the device and trigger mechanism by an accomplice, possibly during his visit to London in the days before the attack.” – Daily Mail
- Two arrested in morning raids – The Times (£)
- Security services missed five chances to stop the attack – Daily Telegraph
- ‘Toxic’ Prevent scheme will be beefed up – The Times (£)
- Investigation turns to Libyan links – FT
- Clegg attacks ‘suspicious’ Prevent strategy – Daily Express
- The Government’s anti-radicalisation strategy is worth fighting for – David Aaronovitch, The Times (£)
- Our counter-terror system works, what we need now is calm – Hugh Orde, Daily Telegraph
- Undermining encryption won’t stop terrorists but it will help hackers – Sam Dumitriu, Times Red Box
- Banning encrypted messaging systems would be futile – Edward Lucas, The Times (£)
- Social media companies damn themselves by hosting bomb-making guides – The Times (£)
- Mohammed Amin in Comment: As a Muslim, Briton and Mancunian, I believe that defeating terror requires us to stay united
- Video: WATCH: Manchester’s Chief Constable – “It’s very clear that this is a network that we’re investigating”
- Video: WATCH: May – “I ask everybody to be vigilant, and support the police as they go about their important work.”
Manchester Attack 3) Troops on the streets
“SAS soldiers joined counterterrorism police on raids in Manchester yesterday as almost 1,000 regular troops were deployed across the country. Photographs showed special forces with assault rifles, jamming gear and specially adapted helmets after they burst into a flat in the city centre. It was the most dramatic demonstration of a heightened military presence nationwide that was triggered by Monday’s suicide bombing and fears of a second attack. A team of SAS troops was deployed to Manchester in the immediate aftermath of the carnage.” – The Times (£)
- Army deployment reflects need to support police – FT
- MPs forced to defend major cuts to armed police – The Sun
- Parliament closed to the public as threat level raised – Daily Telegraph
- Deploying soldiers carries political risks – Deborah Haynes, The Times (£)
- Unsettling terrain for our democracy – Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian
- New security measures will become a way of life – Bill Jamieson, The Scotsman
- ToryDiary: Troops deployed. No MPs to probe Ministers. Temperer set to continue. No normal campaigning. We enter No Man’s Land.
- ToryDiary: Five thousand armed soldiers are deployed on Britain’s streets as the terror threat level is raised to “critical”
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