Diane Abbott interview 'most shocking thing I've ever heard in an election', says UK's former anti-terror boss

Diane Abbott interview 'most shocking thing I've ever heard in an election', says Lord Alex Carlile

The former independent reviewer of UK terror legislation blasted the shadow home secretary over the interview

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The man once charged with reviewing Britain's anti-terrorism legislation has blasted Diane Abbott over her Sky News interview, calling it "shocking."

The shadow home secretary appeared on Sky News Tonight with Dermot Murnaghan and was questioned about a report written by Lord Harris and commissioned by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, which contains over 120 recommendations to improve London's anti-terror capability.

Abbott didn't appear to know the detail of the report, saying the capital needed to be focused on "preparedness and resilence" when dealing with terror, despite Murnaghan's attempt to press her on the content of the study.

Lord Carlile, who previously served as the independent reviewer of UK terror legislation, called the interview the "one of the most shocking things I’ve ever heard in an election."

In an interview with Paul Ross, he insisted Diane Abbott "is not fit to be involved in home affairs policy" and the UK should ensure "people who purport to be in charge of national security know something about it."

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