Boris Johnson warned last night that atrocities such as the London Bridge terror attack would be more difficult to avert if Jeremy Corbyn becomes Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister spoke out amid growing outrage over the early release from prison of Usman Khan, whose rampage on Friday came after he served less than half his sentence for terror offences.
Mr Johnson, who visited the scene of the attacks with Home Secretary Priti Patel yesterday, said if the electorate returned him with a majority, he would take advantage of the UK’s post-Brexit freedoms to reform the human rights laws.
The Ministry of Justice last night launched an investigation into the licence conditions of up to 70 violent terrorists who have been released from prison.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday toured the scene of the London Bridge terror attack along with Home Secretary Priti Patel, who received a briefing from the Met Police's Commissioner Cressida Dick, left. Mr Johnson was accompanied by City of London Police Commissioner Ian Dyson
He said the laws made it more difficult for the security services to protect the public and blamed the last Labour Government for introducing automatic early release in 2008. Mr Johnson complained that his efforts to ‘keep violent offenders and terrorists in jail longer and end the automatic early release system’ since becoming Prime Minister had been thwarted by ‘the broken hung parliament that was preoccupied with blocking Brexit’.
He said: ‘What I saw on Friday has made me angry – it’s absolutely clear that we can’t carry on with the failed approaches of the past.
‘We must reform human rights laws to shift the balance in favour of our security and intelligence services... our laws are constrained, for example, by the “right to private life” which limits surveillance of terrorists, and recent court cases have placed unacceptable limits on our intelligence services.’
Mr Johnson said he was outraged London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan, pictured, had been released early from prison
Tory aides are scarred by the memory of the 2017 London Bridge terror attack, which led to the suspension of the Election campaign – and gave Mr Corbyn the chance to close the gap on Theresa May.
For this campaign, Mr Johnson has no compunction about characterising Mr Corbyn as a risk to the safety of the British public.
The Prime Minister said: ‘Jeremy Corbyn is setting out plans to weaken our system and make it more difficult for our security services to stop people who want to do us harm. He wants to give more