BROMSGROVE MP and Home Secretary Sajid Javid today published a review of the Home Office’s counter-terrorism strategy, writes Neil Gordon.
The document, which comes the day after the innocent victims of the London Bridge terrorist attack were remembered, contains six pledges the Home Office has identified as vital in the fight against terrorism.
They include disrupting terrorist threats earlier, ensuring the necessary support is given to counter-terrorism policing and removing terrorist material off the internet.
There is also a commitment to bring closer co-operation with the private sector.
In a speech in London on Monday morning Mr Javid announced: “First, we will work to disrupt threats earlier and we are bringing forward new legislation to enable us to do that.
“We will continue to make sure Counter-Terrorism Policing and our security and intelligence services have the support they need.”
The review promises there will be a closer working relationship with international partners, because the UK cannot tackle terrorism alone. The cooperation with Five Eyes partners, the EU, and other allies will remain essential.
Mr Javid confirmed Government would work more with key partners, including an increase in the cooperation with the private sector.
Removing terrorist material off the Internet was also pledged by Mr Javid.
The final recommendation centred on doing more to prevent people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. The prevention strategy will remain a vital a vital part of the UK’s counter-terrorism network.
The Home Secretary said of the review: “The aim of this is to ensure that our response to terrorism is second to none and that we are doing everything in our power to prevent terror on our streets.
“Intelligence sharing ensures no safe spaces for terrorists.”
The review comes just a month after Mr Javid, MP for Bromsgrove since 2010, was appointed Home Secretary.
On Sunday Mr Javid joined Prime Minister, Teresa May, Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn and the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, at Southwark Cathedral in a service to remember the victims of the London Bridge attack.
A hand-written note on flowers left by Mr Javid read: ‘We remember today who you were as people, and the impact you had on the world.
‘We will not forget you – nor will we ever allow the forces of hate to change who we are. Rest in peace.’
Representatives of the emergency services were also present and laid wreaths and floral tributes.
Eight people were killed and 48 people injured in central London a year ago when three attackers drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and launched a knife attack in Borough Market.