Election 2017: Terror attacks won't necessarily lead to Tory votes, says Vince Cable

Election 2017: 'Recent terror attacks have shifted focus onto national security, but people remember Theresa May cutting police numbers', says Sir Vince Cable

Vince Cable believes people no longer necessarily see the Tories as the party of law and order

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Sir Vince Cable has said the recent terror attacks may not necessarily swing the election in favour of the Tories, as Theresa May's record as home secretary has damaged the party's credibility.

The former Business Secretary claimed the spate of recent terror attacks in the UK - Westminster in March, Manchester in May, and London Bridge in June - had made the issue a number one priority in the campaign.

However, he told Paul Ross, the impact on this election could be "ambiguous".

He said: "The first assumption people make is that they may have helped the Conservatives because they’ve always presented themselves as the party of law and order.

"But May’s record in supervising declining police numbers – even in areas like London where they have held up – has not played to them.

"The effects are ambiguous but in practice, we need to have security services properly equipped and properly manned.

"These terrible and tragic terror attacks have shifted the emphasis onto national security."

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