MPs Are Recalled as Blair Spells out Action Plan; Terror War on US: Politics - Terrorism USA

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MPs Are Recalled as Blair Spells out Action Plan; Terror War on US: Politics - Terrorism USA


Reiss, Charles, Hennessy, Patrick, The Evening Standard (London, England)


Byline: CHARLES REISS;PATRICK HENNESSY

PARLIAMENT is to be recalled on Friday for a one-day emergency session, it was decided today.

MPs will hear a statement from the Prime Minister which is expected to be followed by a full-scale debate.

It is the first emergency recall of Parliament, interrupting the recess which is not due to end until 15 October, since the Omagh bombing in 1998.

The recall will be an early test for the new leader of the Tory party, with either Iain Duncan Smith or Kenneth Clarke facing Mr Blair for the first time less than 24 hours after being elected.

Mr Blair will outline the heightened security measures to be adopted in the wake of the US atrocities and spell out Britain's readiness to offer all possible aid in the fight against international mass terrorism. The Prime Minister is giving initial details at a press conference at Downing Street this afternoon.

The whole of Britain now faces an era of tighter security, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw warned today.

Mr Straw spoke minutes before he joined a second crisis meeting in Downing Street, summoned by the Prime Minister for 8am.

The Cabinet's Civil Contingencies Committee would, said Mr Straw, be looking at ways to offer political and practical backing to the US after yesterday's horrific events. …

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