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London Attack 1) May says ‘enough is enough’ and promises fresh action

“Theresa May today condemned the brutal attacks at London Bridge and insisted ‘enough is enough’. The Prime Minister said the three attacks in the past three months were not directly connected but were linked by the ‘the single evil ideology of Islamist extremism’. Speaking from the steps of No 10, Mrs May said Britain faces a ‘new trend in the threat we face’ warned ‘things have to change’. The Premier said there was ‘far too much tolerance’ of extreme views and vowed to stand up for ‘pluralistic British values’ that were ‘superior’ to the fanatics’ ideology. She vowed: ‘We will take on and defeat our enemies.'” – Daily Mail

  • The Prime Minister’s four-point plan – Daily Mail
  • May pledges crackdown on ‘extremism in cyberspace’ – The Times (£)

More:

  • Tories haven’t considered security risks of Brexit, claim experts – The Independent
  • Barriers installed as capital steps up security – The Times (£)
  • Tories failing to deport extremists, warns Russian expert – Daily Mail

Comment:

  • The Prime Minister talks tough but her record is woeful – Stephen Pollard, Daily Telegraph
  • May must mind the lesson of the Madrid train bombings – Charles Bremner, The Times (£)
  • A leader who tried to project steely resolve looks distinctly flappable – Philip Stephens, FT
  • If ‘enough is enough’, why won’t our leaders talk terror on the campaign trail? – Julie Lenarz, Daily Telegraph

>Today: ToryDiary: We say “enough is enough”, but know more is coming. What are the strategic choices?

>Yesterday: Video: WATCH: May – “There is far too much tolerance of extremism in our country…Enough is enough.”

London Attack 2) Rudd fights to fund anti-radicalisation strategy

“An overhaul of the government’s key counter-radicalism programme was put back until after the election amid rows over cash. Amber Rudd, the home secretary, faced resistance from the Ministry of Defence and some in the security and intelligence services over moves to divert more resources to Prevent. The MoD was said to have complained that other elements of the counterterrorism strategy would miss out. Senior officials said that Ms Rudd had prevailed but that extra cash would come with greater pressure on people to co-operate with the programme, which is designed to keep mainly young people safe from the terrorist groomers.” – The Times (£)

  • Home Secretary says attackers were ‘groomed’ by Islamic State – Daily Express

May:

  • Prime Minister faces test over tougher response to terror – FT
  • May tells MI5 to ‘keep up’ with changing threat – The Times (£)
  • Election will go ahead as planned, says Prime Minister – FT

Comment:

  • For the sake of democracy we must go to the polls on Thursday – Jane Merrick, Daily Telegraph
  • Internment is not the answer to jihadism – Clare Foges, The Times (£)
  • We need to do more than escalate the same old policies – Richard Barrett, The Guardian

Editorial:

  • Forget the platitudes, there is a way to beat this evil – Daily Mail
  • Enemies of Prevent should stop spreading myths – The Times (£)

>Yesterday:

London Attack 3) Sajid Javid: As British Muslims we must do more than just condemn

“We have seen all too often that there are some people in our country who reject our shared values. Who are born here, raised here, have the same opportunities and advantages enjoyed by the rest of us, yet choose to turn on their fellow citizens in the most brutal way imaginable. We talk about the actions of a poisonous few, but the reality is that the problem is significant in size. It is only human to wish to pull together at times of tragedy, to believe that our hope can stand against hate, but if we only talk about standing together in our communities we risk ignoring the divisions that corrode our society. After any terrorist attack a lot of well-meaning people line up to say it has nothing to do with Islam. That the perpetrators are not true Muslims. They are, of course, right. But speaking as a Muslim myself, we need to ask ourselves searching questions.” – The Times (£)

  • May is right on extremism, and fear of giving offence can’t hold us back – Matthew d’Ancona, The Guardian
  • We should look to our hard-earned democratic history as we tackle extremism – Juliet Samuel, Daily Telegraph
  • Empower mainstream Muslims, the best source of intelligence – Brian Paddick, Times Red Box

Editorial:

  • Third attack is a moment for reflection and change – The Times (£)

London Attack 4) Corbyn blames May’s police cuts as Home Secretary for leaving Britain vulnerable

“Jeremy Corbyn tonight accused Theresa May of ignoring warnings about the terror risks of cutting police officers. Labour’s leader said Mrs May accused the Police Federation of ‘crying wolf’ about the cuts as he responded to the third terror attack in three months to hit Britain. He said the Government could not protect the public ‘on the cheap’ in a hard-hitting address. Mr Corbyn also accused her of suppressing a report believed to make embarrassing allegations about major British arms customer Saudi Arabia funding extremists. And he sought to end the earlier controversy over his support for police use of ‘shoot-to-kill’ tactics against armed attackers, by stating that he backed the ‘full authority for the police to use whatever force is necessary to protect and save life as they did last night, as they did in Westminster in March’.” – Daily Mail

  • Speech accuses May of suppressing sensitive report on Saudi funding – Daily Telegraph
  • Sudden u-turn on shoot-to-kill – Daily Mail

More:

  • Corbyn forced to defend earlier opposition to security measure – Daily Telegraph
  • Labour leader’s 30 years of talking to terrorists – Daily Mail
  • Milne brands idea of Corbyn using nuclear deterrent ‘bonkers’ – The Sun

Comment:

  • Corbyn’s desire for dialogue with fanatics is not just absurd, but dangerous – Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph
  • May can’t be trusted on counter-terrorism policy – Tim Farron, The Guardian

>Today: Nicky Morgan’s column: This is Labour’s Momentum Election – nasty, intimidating, abusive and troll-ridden

Tories claim Fallon was ‘misinterpreted’ on tax

“The defence secretary was misinterpreted when he pledged that the Conservatives would not raise taxes for the highest earners under any circumstances, senior Tories claimed last night. In an attempt to limit the damage caused by Sir Michael Fallon’s remarks the party released a transcript of the interview in which he said that the only way higher income earners’ taxes would go up would be if they stayed at home on Thursday. Senior sources suggested that Sir Michael had been referring to Labour plans to increase taxes on the highest earners and did not represent a pledge not to raise taxes under any circumstances.” – The Times (£)

  • Conservative homes pledge amounts to only 9,000 extra per year – The Times (£)

Campaign 1) May to visit Scotland again in campaign’s final week

“Theresa May is to visit Scotland again on Monday as the General Election campaign enters its final few days. With Conservatives enjoying increased support north of the border, the Prime Minister will make another bid to woo Scottish voters. Her visit comes as election campaigning gets under way again after the terror attacks in London on Saturday night. A Question Time special featuring Nicola Sturgeon and Tim Farron, that was scheduled to take place on Sunday evening, was postponed in the wake of the attack. The SNP leader and Liberal Democrat leader will now face questions from the public in Edinburgh on Monday.” – The Scotsman

  • Sturgeon says she believes Scotland will be independent by 2025 – Daily Telegraph

Comment:

  • Unionists are on the march, thanks to the SNP – Brian Monteith, The Scotsman

Campaign 2) Poll suggests Tories ‘pulling away’ from Labour

The Tories are pulling away from Labour as the election finish-line approaches, according to an exclusive poll that has the Conservative lead at nine points. A Labour surge throughout May appears to have been reversed in the last week, according to The Telegraph’s election tracker. Some 45 per cent of voters now back the Tories, according to ORB International – up one point. Labour is on 36 per cent – down two points. That means that the Conservative hold a nine-point lead going into the final week of campaigning, up from six points a week earlier.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Or has their lead fallen to just one point? – The Sun
  • May’s ratings go negative for the first time with ComRes – The Indepenedent

More:

  • Opposition braced for significant losses outside London – FT

>Today: MPs Etc.: Battleground Seats 11) East of England

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Polls apart?

Labour’s garden tax ‘would hit ten million families’

“More than ten million households will be whacked by Labour’s ‘garden tax’ bombshell, it was claimed last night. Under plans buried in its manifesto, the party wants to replace council tax and business rates with a charge based on land value rather than house prices. The Tories have claimed the cost of the 3 per cent annual levy for an average home would be £3,837 – more than three times the £1,185 council tax bill they currently pay. Homes with larger gardens are likely to face the steepest increases. According to official figures, there are 10.3 million homes in England and Wales with gardens above the national average size of 200 square metres.” – Daily Mail

  • Donations of £22 fuel Labour campaign as grassroots fundraising drive pays dividends – Daily Telegraph
  • Remainers sticking with Labour as Liberal Democrats fail to break through – The Independent

Comment:

  • Corbyn’s promises to the under-25s are nothing but a con – Charlotte Gill, The Times (£)

>Today:

News in Brief:

  • Police arrest 12 in connection with weekend terror attack – Daily Mail
  • Trump could fly to Britain this week to show solidarity – The Sun
  • Four Arab nations cut ties with Qatar over terror links – FT
  • NHS waiting list ‘fiddle’ investigated by police – The Times (£)
  • Fans shower Grande with praise after Manchester benefit concert – Daily Telegraph

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