Theresa May: UK will change human rights laws if needed for terr

Earlier today Boris Johnson said the public was right to demand answers about the way the threat was assessed

She told Sky News: "MI5 and the police have already said they would be reviewing how they dealt with Manchester and I would expect them to do exactly the same in relation to London Bridge".

Mrs May has promised that if she wins Thursday's election, Britain would remain a signatory of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) until 2022, but Tuesday's remarks signal she would look at ways around the rules if necessary.

It comes after 22 people died at Manchester Arena and seven near London Bridge, in two attacks in the space of a fortnight.

The Guardian said: "May: I'll rip up human rights laws that impede new terror legislation".

Those convicted of terror offences should face longer prison sentences, she said in a speech tonight.

May said that she was looking at "how to make it easier to transport foreign terror suspects and to increase controls on extremists where it is thought they present a threat, but there is not enough evidence to act against them".

"It is by no means clear that human rights laws do prevent parliament from doing more to restrict the freedom and movements of terrorist suspects", he adds.

[I] f human rights laws get in the way of doing these things, we will change those laws to make sure we can do them.

"If I am elected as Prime Minister on Thursday, I can tell you that this vital work begins on Friday".

Experts also say the United Kingdom's Human Rights Act, introduced by a former Labour government in 1998, has played a crucial role in restricting the scope of counter-terrorism measures in Britain.

The proposed measures appear to be an attempt at strengthening terrorism prevention and investigation measures (Tpims) rather than a complete return to Labour's control orders, which were repeatedly struck down by the courts and then scrapped by May in 2010 when she was home secretary.

Asked by ITV television if he backed the calls for May to resign, Corbyn said: "Indeed I would".

Mr Khan said the force stood to lose between 3,400 and 12,800 constables, a reduction in strength of ten to 40 per cent, making it harder to foil future terrorist atrocities.

"Theresa May is simply posturing about being tough on terror as she panics that her abysmal record is coming under scrutiny", he said.

"Choudary was for years the single person most responsible for Islamist recruiting and propaganda, but he wasn't charged until 2015, when May had been Home Secretary for five years", said Dr Neumann.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron accused the prime minister of launching a "nuclear arms race" in terror laws.

"All she would do is reduce freedom, not terrorism".

"If Theresa May does what she threatens, she will go down in history as the Prime Minister who handed terrorists their greatest victory".

"Our city has suffered two terrible terrorist attacks since I was elected as mayor - and we must do everything possible to stop there being any more".

Mrs May has come under fire since the attack, with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn calling for her resignation over her record on police cuts.

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