Manchester Arena: Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and other leaders must clarify how they plan to stop this, says Quilliam leader

Manchester Arena: 'Terrorism is a form of politics so it needs a political response', says Quilliam

Police cordoned the area off after the attack

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Terrorism and violence is a form of political strategy in itself and we need our political leaders to come out and say how they plan to combat it.

That's the view of Jonathan Russell, head of counter-extremism organisation Quilliam, who spoke to Julia Hartley-Brewer about the suicide attack on Manchester Arena which left at least 22 people dead, many of them children.

Russell said it was great that election campaigning was stopped today, but insisted things cannot be allowed to "return to normal" in the aftermath of the attack.

"I want to hear where politicians stand on these issues" Russell said. "I want to hear... where they stand on the issue of Islamist extremism."

He added that current strategy needs to be "stepped up" and a proper long-term strategy needs to be put in place.

Listen to the full interview above