Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Cameron cuts his holiday short

David Cameron is cutting short his holiday to fly back to Britain following a third night of violence in the capital
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: A riot police officer directs his colleagues to clear people away from a burning car in Clarence Road in Hackney on August 8, 2011 in London, England. Pockets of rioting and looting continues to take place in various boroughs of London this evening, as well as in Birmingham, prompted by the initial rioting in Tottenham and then in Brixton on Sunday night. It has been announced that the Prime Minister David Cameron and his family are due to return home from their summer holiday in Tuscany, Italy to respond to the rioting. Disturbances broke out late on Saturday night in Tottenham and the surrounding area after the killing of Mark Duggan, 29 and a father-of-four, by armed police in an attempted arrest on August 4. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Police officers in riot gear stand near a burning car in Hackney on August 8, 2011 in London, England. Pockets of rioting and looting continues to take place in various boroughs of London this evening, as well as in Birmingham, prompted by the initial rioting in Tottenham and then in Brixton on Sunday night. It has been announced that the Prime Minister David Cameron and his family are due to return home from their summer holiday in Tuscany, Italy to respond to the rioting. Disturbances broke out late on Saturday night in Tottenham and the surrounding area after the killing of Mark Duggan, 29 and a father-of-four, by armed police in an attempted arrest on August 4. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

David Cameron is cutting short his holiday to fly back to Britain following a third night of violence in the capital.

A Downing Street spokeswoman said the Prime Minister would be returning to London overnight.

Mr Cameron will chair the Government's emergency committee Cobra to discuss the London riots and will also meet Home Secretary Theresa May and Metropolitan Police Acting Commissioner Tim Godwin.

London Mayor Boris Johnson has also bowed to pressure by cutting short his holiday, following Mrs May by abandoning his break abroad.

The move comes despite Mr Johnson's aides previously insisting he could deal with the burgeoning crisis remotely as if "he was sitting in his office".

Mr Johnson is expected to be back in the capital by Tuesday afternoon.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has also cancelled a planned visit to Cornwall as the crisis escalates. Mr Clegg was due to visit Newquay on Tuesday morning to take part in a town hall-style debate with local people at a school. But a Lib Dem spokesman said he would now be remaining in London to attend the Cobra meeting with Mr Cameron.

Mr Clegg earlier denied that the absence of senior figures was hampering the Government's response to the violence and stock market crash.

Labour leader Ed Miliband branded the violence "disgraceful criminal behaviour". He said: "I am shocked by the scenes we are seeing in parts of London and Birmingham. This violence and vandalism is disgraceful criminal behaviour.

"What we need to see is the strongest possible police response to restore calm and security to our streets and for communities to work together. It is right that the Prime Minister is chairing Cobra. We need a coordinated response to ensure public safety and help those people who have lost homes and businesses."

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