Defence and security

Boris Johnson has avoided his first Commons defeat after Conservative backbenchers rebelled against their government’s decision to allow Huawei a role in the UK’s 5G network. The prime minister’s 80 strong majority was cut to just 24 as 38 Tory rebel MPs voted for former Conservative party leader Iain Duncan Smith’s amendment to remove the Chinese tech-giant’s equipment from the...

London terror attack – PM promises ‘fundamental changes’

Boris Johnson has promised “fundamental changes to the system for dealing with those convicted of terrorism offences” following the latest terror attack on London’s streets by a known and convicted offender. Sudesh Amman, 20, was shot dead by counterterrorism officers in Streatham yesterday (Sunday) after stabbing two people in a knife attack, just days after his release from prison. Government sources...

‘High risk vendor’ Huawei gets role in UK’s 5G network

The government’s decision to permit Huawei to build part of the UK’s 5G network has been immediately attacked as a major security risk. Politicians in the UK have been joined...

‘Madness’ to let Huawei provide UK’s 5G – PM asks ‘what’s the alternative?’

The prime minister has asked “what's the alternative?” after the UK government was warned by the US it would be “madness” to let Huawei develop the nation’s 5G network. Boris...

PM ‘sunning himself, drinking martinis’ as UK takes ‘major lurch towards war’ with Iran

The prime minister has been criticised for his “deafening silence” following the assassination of Iran’s top general Qassem Suleimani by the United States that has seen the West take...

Government’s ‘cynical timing’ of £4bn sale of UK defence company ‘to...

The government has been accused of “cynically timing” the announcement of the £4 billion sale of a UK defence and aerospace company to a US private equity firm “to avoid scrutiny”. The deal had been delayed over national security concerns but business secretary Andrea Leadsom released a statement just before 10pm on Friday night approving the sale of Cobham to...

Tories fear Trump visit could cost PM election

Donald Trump arrives in London tonight (Monday) and senior Tories are alarmed the visit could turn into “a train wreck” for Boris Johnson with just ten days left before the general election. The US president will be attending the NATO Conference but Conservatives are concerned Trump could become “the most dangerous weapon in the armoury” of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party. “Corbyn’s...

PM criticised for making political mileage from London terror attack

Boris Johnson has been criticised for trying to make "political mileage" from the attack in London that saw a known and convicted tag-wearing terrorist kill two people in the capital. Usman Khan, 28, stabbed a man and a woman to death and injured three others in the knife attack in London Bridge, before he was shot dead by armed police. Political...

Facebook gives cameras to Met Police firearms teams to prevent live...

Facebook will give the Metropolitan Police cameras for their firearms teams in a bid to stop mass shootings and terror attacks being live-streamed. Scotland Yard said armed police will wear the company's cameras during training exercises and the footage will be used by Facebook to develop algorithms to recognise firearms attacks. The technology will help the tech giant alert police to...

Arrests and protests at arms fair as mayor tells organisers: ‘Get...

London mayor Sadiq Khan has told organisers of the ‘world’s biggest arms fair’ to “get out of London”. Police made more than 116 arrests during protests leading up to the start of the three day event held at London’s ExCel in Custom House. London mayor Sadiq Khan sent a letter to the event organisers, Clarion Events, stating he will “take any...