Monday 21 October 2019

Cameron 'praised spies too soon after Woolwich attack'

Steven Swinford and Christopher Hope

BRITISH Prime Minister David Cameron visited MI5 headquarters to thank spies for their work in the Woolwich terror case the day after the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby despite widespread concerns about failings by the security services.

Details of his visit to MI5's headquarters emerged as Mr Cameron flew to Ibiza in Spain over the weekend for a holiday with his family.

Downing Street said he "remains in charge" of Britain as he was pictured relaxing in a cafe by the sea in the popular Spanish holiday resort with his wife, Samantha.

A spokesman said he had taken a small team of key staff with him so he could be kept informed about the investigation into the murder of Drummer Rigby.

But his trip at such a sensitive time has led to criticism.

Mr Cameron's visit to MI5's headquarters and decision to go on holiday led to questions about his judgment in the aftermath of the worst terrorist atrocity on British soil since 7/7.

After visiting the scene of the attack in Woolwich, Mr Cameron then paid a trip to security services headquarters on Millbank.

He thanked staff for their work on the investigation and other counter-terrorism successes.

However, a senior Westminster source suggested that it was a mistake to praise spies so soon after the tragedy and amid concerns about potential intelligence failings as it could give the impression that Mr Cameron was pre-judging the outcome. (© Daily Telegraph London)

Irish Independent

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