Terror threat grilling for Cameron

Published: Tuesday 16th December 2014 by The News Editor

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David Cameron will face questions from senior MPs today about the Government’s efforts to tackle the threat posed by extremists.

The Prime Minister is expected to be challenged on controversial anti-terror measures currently going through Parliament which can block suspected British jihadis from returning to the UK.

Appearing before the Liaison Committee, he is also expected to be questioned on the Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (Tpims) regime, which is being beefed up with reintroduced powers to relocate suspects across the country.

Following the Trojan Horse scandal in Birmingham, the committee has indicated that the Prime Minister will also be questioned on extremism in schools as well as other aspects of the Government’s plans to prevent radicalisation.

The committee – consisting of the heads of various select committees – is also expected to question the Prime Minister on climate change and energy policy.

Among topics expected to be raised with Mr Cameron are the exploitation of shale gas through fracking, energy subsidies and national carbon budgets.

The session comes just days after an international agreement between developing and rich nations on a framework for making firm pledges to cut pollution at a summit in Paris next year.

The agreement, which followed talks in Peru, was hailed as an important move towards a global deal by Energy Secretary Ed Davey – but damned as a step backwards in protecting poor countries from catastrophe by environmentalists.

Mr Davey said the ” Lima Call for Climate Action shows a will and commitment to respond to the public demand to tackle climate change”.

But Friends of the Earth’s international climate campaigner Asad Rehman said: “The only thing these talks have achieved is to reduce the chances of a fair and effective agreement to tackle climate change in Paris next year.

Published: Tuesday 16th December 2014 by The News Editor

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