Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 13 July 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

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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