UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is accused of ignoring terrorist threats
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Boris Johnson has been accused of turning a blind eye to threats facing Britain after cancelling yet another meeting of his top secret National Security Council.
The group of senior Ministers and security officials was due to meet on Thursday but did not, meaning a full NSC meeting has not been convened since February.
Previous Prime Ministers David Cameron and Theresa May would hold a weekly meeting of the powerful council.
No 10 sources blamed the pandemic, but critics warned ‘national security cannot be postponed’. Last night, Labour and Tory MPs slammed the latest cancellation, as security experts warned the lack of meetings was ‘concerning’.
Professor Anthony Glees, of Buckingham University, told The Mail on Sunday: ‘It is very surprising and deeply concerning that the NSC is not meeting.’
Commons Defence Committee Chairman Tobias Ellwood said: ‘The NSC greatly assists the Government in cross-Whitehall co-ordination of responses to acute and ongoing challenges and raises awareness of wider national security threats which otherwise might be overlooked.
‘If it does not meet, these core decision-making functions are not guaranteed to take place to the same effect.’
And Labour’s Shadow Security Minister Conor McGinn added: ‘The defence of the realm isn’t something that can be postponed, and the Prime Minister should urgently convene the NSC and ensure it meets regularly.’
Last night, Downing Street sources insisted that no formal meeting had been in the diary for Thursday.
No 10 declined to comment on security matters.
Source: Daily Mail