Council leader seeks to reassure residents in wake of poison attack

The council supports the Government’s actions in the wake of the attack earlier this month

Canterbury City Council leader Simon Cook is seeking to reassure people following the poisoning of a former Russian spy in the UK.

Cllr Cook says the authority is backing government action following the attack earlier this month, which left Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia critically ill in hospital.

Authorities believe they were deliberately poisoned by a nerve agent thought to have been produced in Russia.

Cllr Cook, who represents Nailbourne ward, said: “Many people have said they are concerned about the security threat posed by Russia, as well as the ongoing threat of terrorism following last year’s atrocities in London and Manchester.

“I can understand their concerns and I would like to reassure residents that their council takes issues such as this very seriously.

Cllr Simon Cook is seeking to reassure residents

“We work closely with the police and other authorities to identify threats and the best ways to minimise them. There is no evidence of any specific threat to Canterbury but I would urge people to remain vigilant and to report anything suspicious to Kent Police.”

More than 250 counter-terrorism police officers are involved in the investigation.

Det Sgt Nick Bailey, who was one of the first on the scene, also remains in hospital although his condition is no longer critical.

The poisoning prompted Prime Minister Theresa May to announce that Russia had “threatened the public safety” of UK citizens and led to international sanctions against Russia.

Cllr Cook said he and his Conservative colleagues support Mrs May’s approach and urged the city’s Labour MP Rosie Duffield to do the same.

He said: “People’s safety is what is important here. Canterbury’s Labour MP has already been forced to apologise after she was called out for accepting money to appear on Russia Today, a channel with close links to the Kremlin.

“Her leader has been luke-warm at best in backing the Government’s efforts to tackle the situation and has been criticised by his own MPs for his stance on the issue.

“We would all welcome our MP’s thoughts on this matter and I look forward to hearing her confirm her support for Mrs May and the Conservative Government in its efforts to keep us all safe.”


  1. Many more conservative MP’s have appeared on RT than labour. There is also as yet no evidence that Russia were behind the poisoning. The only connection is that the substance was engineered in the 1980’s by Russia and if this is proof then the substance used to kill the North Korean leaders brother, having been developed by Britain in the 1950’s, means that the British government is responsible for that assassination. I am, like many people, quite tired and fed up with the disgusting games the conservative government play with our safety and society. Quite aside from the destructive dogma waged against our state institutions. Police cuts, army cuts, NHS sell offs and school mayhem with even their vaunted academies now underfunded and in dire trouble. Homelessness increased by 167% since 2010!! A divisive referendum called for the sole purpose of securing Cameron’s position and the supposed unity of the tories ….the list is literally endless….The sooner we get rid of this lot the better for all of us.


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