Jeremy Corbyn calls on May to quit over police cuts

She said: "But it's not just about resource, it's about the powers people have".

The leader of the British Labour party has backed a call for Theresa May to resign over her record on police cuts, following the London Bridge terror attack.

Dozens of people have been killed and many more injured in three terror attacks in London and Manchester over the past three months.

"There have been calls made by many very responsible people on this who are very anxious that she was at the Home Office for all this time, presided over these cuts in police numbers and that now we're saying that we're having a problem".

Mr Corbyn later told the BBC: "There's an election on Thursday, that's the chance, and there's a call by people being made in the emergency services who say the cuts in police numbers during her time at the Home Office are appalling and that has to be challenged, and it's been challenged".

Asked again if he wanted May to quit, Corbyn replied: "We've got an election on Thursday and that's perhaps the best opportunity to deal with it".

Cressida Dick, who is also in national charge of counter-terrorism, said: "In the face of this changing and changed threat, absolutely I will be seeking for London, and for policing generally, more resourcing obviously". Three attackers armed with 10-12 inch blades moved across London Bridge and through the Borough Market area of Central London, stabbing bystanders.

"On the issues of policing - the Government has been warned repeatedly about police cuts, and the Police Federation and many others [have said] how 20,000 have gone down over the past seven years".

But that did not stop the questions to May about police numbers during her time as interior minister.

"While our pain will never diminish, it is important for us all to carry on with our lives in direct opposition to those who wish to destroy us and remember that hatred is the refuge of small-minded individuals and will only breed more", she said.

Initially, all major British political parties declared a break in campaigning ahead of elections to be held June 8.

May said Monday that Britain's counterterrorism operations are fully funded, but London Mayor Sadiq Khan - a Labour figure - said cuts to police have been draconian.

May said the series of attacks were not connected in terms of planning and execution, but were inspired by what she called a "single, evil ideology of Islamist extremism" that represented a perversion of Islam and of the truth. Authorities have said the London attack was apparently unconnected to the Manchester bombing.

She also said an extra 1,500 armed officers were to be hired, but added "it is not just about resources; it is about powers".

Khan and Dick were briefly heckled by a man who called for more police to be put on the streets.

  • Leroy Wright