British PM May says she does not predict election results

Frederick Owens
June 5, 2017

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused the Conservatives of trying to "protect the public on the cheap" in a speech focusing on the London terror attack. "All parties at that time agreed there needed to be cuts".

In her TV address, May called for tougher measures, including worldwide agreements to regulate cyberspace to help to stop the spread of "Islamist extremism", and said Britain needs to become more robust at identifying and stamping it out.

May maintained under her leadership they had been protecting counter-terrorism policing, they had "provided funding for an uplift in armed policing", and from 2015 they had protected police budgets.

But by focusing much of her Conservative party's campaign on her rival Jeremy Corbyn's security credentials, she has faced accusations of politicizing the attacks. Another City professional added: "As a remain supporter, I feel stuck between a rock and a hard place".

But on behalf of the self-employed, the federation wants more. But she rejected suggestions that officers equipped with a "side-arm" would be better, telling listeners: "I simply don't think that is a sensible response".

'It's also very important to have a message of bringing communities together and that is something I always give very strongly at all of my events'. "I think that would be the right thing to do".

"What happened in Manchester was terrible beyond belief, the way you deal with that is putting more police on the streets - we will put 10,000 more police on the streets, the Conservatives are taking 20,000 off the streets".

"We need to work with allied democratic governments to reach global agreements to regulate cyberspace to prevent the spread of extremist and terrorism planning".

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The number of police staff has fallen by 20,000 under the last two British governments since 2010 - a fact the prime minister has received criticism for from political opponents ahead of Thursday's election.

Campaigning in the northern town of Middlesbrough, Mr Corbyn called on Mrs May to resign as prime minister for presiding over cuts in police numbers while she was home secretary. "They're being dragged from pillar to post". There were 6,906 authorised firearm officers on the streets in March 2009. "They're not extra, they're officers that have had their rare leave days cancelled, they've had their 12 hour shifts that are now done routinely extended into 16 hours".

She promised to cut immigration and fight for those who feel left behind by globalization, an approach that won her support from voters across the political spectrum.

"We do have a very, very powerful counter-terrorism effort, but as I have indicated, the threat does seem to be changing, so we need to look at our strategy, we need to look at our resourcing, we need to look at the techniques we're using", she told the Today programme.

"For example, the Conservative government during the Coalition period had commissioned a report on foreign funding of Jihadi groups and Jihadi terrorism. that has been put on hold".

"So while both leaders are encouraging people to get out and vote, far more effort is being channelled into social media from the Labour leader's camp". Pushed on whether that meant no more end-to-end encryption, she said the government had been attempting to work with tech companies to shut down these spaces.

Liberal Democrat former business secretary Sir Vince Cable said that if the Conservatives were ruling out income taxes rises, they would have to find the revenue from elsewhere to meet their spending commitment.

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