PM yet to talk to fa­ther of ter­ror vic­tim

Yorkshire Post - - FRONT PAGE -

BORIS JOHN­SON has ad­mit­ted he has yet to speak to the fa­ther of Lon­don Bridge ter­ror at­tack vic­tim Jack Merritt.

David Merritt has ac­cused John­son of try­ing to “make po­lit­i­cal cap­i­tal” from his son’s death.

The Prime Min­is­ter sought to blame Labour for the early re­lease of con­victed ter­ror­ist Usman Khan, who killed 25-yearold Jack and 23-year-old Saskia Jones.

Speak­ing to ITV News Lon­don, Mr John­son said: “I have ev­ery sym­pa­thy with the fam­i­lies of Jack and Saskia. What I would say, with great re­spect, is that I stick to my po­si­tion, which is that I don’t think it’s sen­si­ble for peo­ple who are con­victed of crimes of ter­ror­ism to be out au­to­mat­i­cally on early re­lease.”

Pressed on whether he would phone Mr Merritt, Mr John­son replied: “With great re­spect, I will keep my con­tacts with fam­i­lies of vic­tims pri­vate, if that’s all right.”

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