Defence and security

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 Johnson insisted he will not risk Britain’s national security when deciding if the Chinese technology giant will be allowed to upgrade the UK’s 5G communications network. In his first public interview...

PM ‘sunning himself, drinking martinis’ as UK takes ‘major lurch towards...

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 a ‘major lurch towards war’. The Royal Navy has deployed two ships in the Persian Gulf as tensions continue to escalate but Boris Johnson has instead been “sunning himself, drinking vodka...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...
China

Concern grows about China’s role in 5G upgrade

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is reported to have expressed ‘very deep concerns’ about Chinese firm Huawei’s role in upgrading the UK's mobile network. His comments came after the head of the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, had questioned why Huawei were involved with the country's new 5G network. Alex Younger said the US, Australia and New Zealand had already banned Huawei from...

Police win PM’s backing for new moped crime tactics

New police tactics to tackle criminals who use mopeds to commit crimes in London have won the backing of Prime Minister Theresa May. But the ‘robust’ methods, which involve police ramming suspects off their scooters during pursuits, have been condemned by Labour’s shadow home secretary. At least two suspects have suffered broken bones after being knocked off their mopeds as police...
Security

MI6 chief breaks cover to warn of new threats to UK...

The head of the British Secret Intelligence Service MI6 says the UK’s enemies should not underestimate our ability to respond to the threats they pose. In a rare public speech, Alex Younger also questioned why Chinese companies were permitted to be involved with the UK’s 5G mobile network. He was speaking at his former university, St Andrew’s in Scotland, where he...