Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott has pulled out of a radio programme after an embarrassing interview on Sky News with Dermot Murnaghan.
Ms Abbott was unable to answer questions on recommendations made in a key counter-terrorism review in October about how best to prevent London from terror attack.
In a series of vague answers after long pauses, it became clear that Ms Abbott was unable to recall details of the review by Labour’s Lord Harris.
Despite insisting she had read the review, commissioned by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Ms Abbott faltered on questions about merging police forces and putting up security barriers.
Dermot Murnaghan: “What do you think about the amalgamation of various police forces in London?”
Diane Abbott: “You mean the idea that they should work more closely together?”
Dermot Murnaghan: “Well he suggested they should amalgamate…”
Diane Abbott: “Well I think that’s an interesting idea but I think you would find resistance in some part of London to the amalgamation.”
Dermot Murnaghan: “Have you actually read the report?”
Diane Abbott: “I have.”
Dermot Murnaghan: “OK. What about the physical resilience?”
Diane Abbott: “Mmmmmmmmmm. Yes. I mean I think physical resilience. I think that…”
Dermot Murnaghan: “Yes but there was a specific aspect of physical resilience…”
Diane Abbott: “Well I think that physical resilience is important.”
Dermot Murnaghan: “Yes, well but the specific aspect was he talked about putting up more barriers in light of the Nice attack…”
Diane Abbott: “Yes, we are now putting up barriers on, erm, bridges and you would think we might have done that before…”
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