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Sunday, 11 January 2015

David Cameron: Terror threat to UK is 'my greatest concern'.............

PA Wire
David Cameron has told ITV News that the terrorist threat to the UK "is the greatest concern that I have as Prime Minister" as he pledged to introduce "more comprehensive" powers to monitor extremists.
The Prime Minister was speaking after attending a unity rally in Paris in memory of the 17 victims of last week's terror attacks.
Asked about his concerns that the UK could be the victim of an attack similar to the one carried out in Paris last week, Mr Cameron said: "It is the greatest concern I have as Prime Minister.
"We do face a very similar threat in Britain to the threat in France," he told Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship.
The Prime Minister said security officials had prevented "several" plots in recent months.
He also refused to speculate that the terror threat level could be raised from severe to critical in the wake of the attack on Paris.
His comments come just days after the head of MI5 warned that a group of al-Qaida terrorists in Syria is planning "mass casualty attacks" against the West.
Mr Cameron said: "Our security and intelligence services have done a brilliant job at finding out, intercepting and preventing plots including several in recent months - attempts to kill police officers for instance.
"You can never be certain that you will always be certain you will be able to stop every potential attack.
"We need to focus on strengthening our intelligence and security.
"But also crucially combating this appalling narrative, this death cult of Islamist extremism wherever we find."
Mr Cameron said a tougher measures such as giving intelligence services the power to intercept suspects' communications were needed to combat terror.
He pledged to "modernise" and implement tougher new rules if he is still Prime Minister when present laws are renewed in 2016.
"I think we cannot allow modern forms of communication to be exempt from the ability, in extremis, with a warrant signed by the Home Secretary, to be exempt from being listened to," he said.
"That is my very clear view and if I am Prime Minister after the next election I will make sure we legislate accordingly."