David Cameron met with terror experts this morning to come up with a plan for defending Britain against terror attacks.
The PM has pledged to take measures against what he described as the “fanatical death cult of Islamist extremist violence”.
I’ve had a full briefing from security chiefs. We discussed ensuring the UK is properly protected from the terrorist threat. #CharlieHebdo.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) January 12, 2015
The prime minister said UK could be at risk of a terror attack similar to last week’s shooting at the office of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, in which 12 people died.
Cameron said he would be introducing “more comprehensive” monitoring powers for terror suspects in the UK, after spending the weekend is Paris with French president Francois Hollande.
The UK premier could be considering reviving the communications data bill, nicknamed the snoopers’ charter, which was blocked by the Lib Dems in 2013.
The bill would have meant internet service providers and mobile phone companies recording each user’s activity, storing it and passing it to the government.
Cameron said: “We need to make sure we have everything in place to cope with whatever situation might arise,” he said.
“We live in a free and open democracy and you cannot be certain of always preventing attacks from taking place.”
The meeting also follows an arson attack on a German magazine, Hamburger Morgenpost, after it published the controversial cartoons from Charlie Hebdo.
Last week a well-known British magazine changed its locks in an attempt to boost security for its staff.