On the release of the Mayor of London’s Harris Review on terrorism preparedness London Assembly Member Gareth Bacon said:
“Though the intentions of the Harris Review were noble, and it has some good recommendations such as the Mayor attending Cobra meetings, it has a serious lack of focus.
“Of the 127 recommendation nearly 50% are not even within the Mayor’s powers.
“We appreciate detail but this report on terrorism preparedness references police pensions, diversity in recruitment, and starting a fortnightly security services newsletter.
“Some complex aspects, such as merging the City of London Police and Met, are explained away in a single paragraph.
“The danger of a review that is so slap dash is it clouds what London’s terrorism preparedness priorities truly are.”