Manchester attack: 8 held, Labour leader Corbyn says ‘war on terror’ not working
British police said eight people are in custody in connection with the Manchester terror attack as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn declared that the “war on terror” is not working.world Updated: May 26, 2017 19:27 IST
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Friday insisted the ”war on terror” was not working as political parties resumed their campaign for the June 8 election and police said eight people were in custody in connection with the Manchester terror attack after two were released without charge.
Counter-terrorism operations continued in Manchester and elsewhere in the aftermath of Monday’s attack that claimed 22 lives and left scores injured. Campaigning was suspended by all parties after the attack outside the Manchester Arena.
In London, Scotland Yard said it had planned for heightened security for the bank holiday weekend with several major public and sports events planned, including the FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley and a rubgy event in Twickenham.
Corbyn said in a major speech on foreign policy: "We must be brave enough to admit the 'war on terror' is simply not working. We need a smarter way to reduce the threat from countries that nurture terrorists and generate terrorism." However, his views were promptly flayed by the ruling Conservative Party.
The stepped up security in London included extra armed police officers, freed up by soldiers providing static guard at key locations, and additional armed policement at some of the events planned over the weekend.
Scotland Yard chief superintendent Jon Williams said: “London is a busy and vibrant place to be on any given weekend and this weekend will be no different as the city plays host to a range of top class sporting fixtures and other events.
“We are working closely with both the Football Association and Wembley to ensure this weekend’s iconic football matches pass off without incident. Together we have a long history of delivering safe and secure major sporting events…At Twickenham rugby fans will see more armed officers on foot around the stadium.”
According to Corbyn, terror threats to Britain were linked to the country joining wars abroad. The foreign policy under a Labour government will change to reduce, rather than increase, the threat to the country, currently at the threat level of ”critical”, he said.
"(Many) experts...have pointed to the connections between wars our government has supported or fought in other countries and terrorism here at home. That assessment in no way reduces the guilt of those who attack our children. Those terrorists will forever be reviled and held to account for their actions,” Corbyn said.
“But an informed understanding of the causes of terrorism is an essential part of an effective response that will protect the security of our people, that fights rather than fuels terrorism."