Jeremy Corbyn gives speech at York College

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn making a speech at York College. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
1 Dec 2019 @ 12.44 pm
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Jeremy Corbyn has been delivering a speech today at York College.

He warned people cannot be kept safe “on the cheap” as he said the government can make acts of terror less likely in the wake of the London Bridge attack.

The Labour leader paid tribute to the work of the emergency services who responded to the terrorist attack and said people have “a right to know from political leaders what steps they will take to ensure public safety”.

“I will always do whatever is necessary and effective to keep our people safe. First of all, the police who put themselves on the line to protect us will have the authority to use whatever force is necessary to protect and save lives.

“If police believe an attacker is wearing a suicide vest, then they are right to take the action that they do and did.

“We have to understand that no government can prevent every attack. No-one would believe any political leader who said they could. But the government can act to make such acts of terror less, rather than more, likely.”

He said community policing, the probation service, mental health, youth and social services have a “vital part” to play.