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Kent politician demands return of the death penalty following Manchester terror attack

PUBLISHED: 11:44 23 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:44 23 May 2017

Police close to the Manchester Arena the morning after a suspected terrorist attack at the end of a concert by US star Ariana Grande left 22 dead. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Police close to the Manchester Arena the morning after a suspected terrorist attack at the end of a concert by US star Ariana Grande left 22 dead. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

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22 people were killed and dozens more injured at an Ariana Grande concert on Monday night

The death penalty should be returned for terrorist crimes, according to a south east MEP.

Janice Atkinson, who lives in Chislehurst and stood for Ukip in Folkestone and Hythe before becoming an independent politican, made the comments in the wake of an attack in Manchester which killed 22 people, including children.

Dozens more were left injured following the attack by a suicide bomber at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on Monday night.

Speaking this morning, Ms Atkinson said: “Much needs to be done to eradicate this evil. But there is one simple step which we can take now: we must bring back the death penalty.

“This is the first time I have called for this. For decades I have shifted in both directions: taking any life is wrong: it’s right to execute certain types of killers, but what about miscarriages of justice?

“The risks of miscarriages of justice have now been largely overcome by the huge advances in DNA testing to a point of near-infallibility.

“Many will argue that I’m calling for revenge killings, motivated by hatred. Others will argue that I’m inhumane, that we live in a civilised society.

“Then there will be those who say that the death penalty is not a deterrent, that the warped perpetrators want in any case to die as martyrs.

“None of the above arguments stand up. Not now. We are at war and war crimes and terror cannot be given any quarter or allowed any glimpse of victory.

“These people are not deranged psychopaths, they are indoctrinated into an ideological belief that involves all out war against us.

“I’m not wringing my hands trying to find answers, I’m a politician, it’s my job to come up with answers.

“Today, we should announce that the death penalty will be brought back for terrorist crimes.”

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