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Cameron told not to overreact on terror threats

By Sam Lister

Sinn Fein’s Gerry Kelly has called on David Cameron’s government to “resist overreacting” to the threat from terror groups — despite receiving threats himself.

At a meeting on Labour’s legacy in Northern Ireland at the its party conference in Manchester, the Assembly junior minister insisted he did not agree with the dissident wave of activity.

But politics — not security — was the way to tackle the increased terror threat, he argued.

“They (the coalition) need to resist overreacting to the dissidents. It’s a dangerous games for me to say ignore it,” he said.

“You can see the increased security here, I have also been threatened. The answer to dissidents is not a security responses, the answer is showing there is a political way forward.

“In terms of the Tories and the Lib Dems, our view is they need to stand over the Good Friday Agreement.”

It came as guests were told Greater Manchester Police demanded the names of the all audience members expected to turn up to a fringe meeting about Ireland as they ramped up security at the start of the conference.

However, Greater Manchester Police later said it had not requested the personal details of those attending the event.

The Agreed Ireland Forum was holding a meeting last night in a hotel outside the ring of steel. It said it was asked to hand over the details of the guests who were turning up to hear speeches by SDLP leader Margaret Ritchie among others.

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