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Yvette Cooper: Questions to answer about how Ibrahim Magag has been able to abscond

Yvette Cooper MP, Labour's Shadow Home Secretary, responding to reports that a terror suspect has absconded while under a TPIM, said:

"The priority right now must be to find Ibrahim Magag, and I agree with the Home Secretary's decision to remove the suspect's anonymity.

"But the Home Secretary and the police also need to answer important questions about how Ibrahim Magag has been able to abscond.

"Ibrahim Magag was previously on a control order and relocated to the West Country - a decision upheld by the courts.

"The Home Secretary took the decision against the advice of security experts to replace control orders with TPIMs, removing the power to relocate terror suspects and reducing restrictions. She also assured Parliament that surveillance would be sufficient to fill the gap.

"The Government's own independent reviewer of terrorism legislation has already raised questions about whether it would have been harder for Ibrahim Magag to abscond in from the West Country, and concerns that Magag was allowed back in London 'where his associates were'.

"Theresa May needs to explain rapidly why surveillance failed on Ibrahim Magag since Christmas and whether her decision to return him to London and to weaken legislation has made it easier for him to abscond and harder for the police to find him now."

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