A number of front pages lead on Suella Braverman’s meeting on Monday with the Metropolitan Police commissioner to discuss the force’s response to protests in central London over the weekend. The Daily Mail says a furious home secretary will demand to know why the police adopted a “low-key” approach and “stood by” as a man chanted “jihad” at a pro-Palestine rally. Sir Mark Rowley will defend his officers because the protestors couldn’t be prosecuted under current legislation, according to the lead story in the Times. The paper says Sir Mark jointly authored a review two years ago “which found that extremists were able to operate with ‘impunity’ in the UK and incite hatred because of the “gaping chasm” in the UK’s legislation”. In the Daily Telegraph, former Met Police officer and counter-terrorism expert Neil Basu claims the government failed to act on Sir Mark’s review. But, the paper also quotes a group protecting Jewish people in the UK, the Community Security Trust, which accuses the police of “legitimising obnoxious and hateful behaviour” with their response to the chanting.
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