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30% of UK terror plots disrupted by MI5 were far right, says security chief

October 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The Security Service offices (also known as MI5), the United Kingdom's domestic counter-intelligence and security agency on 16th April 2020 in London, United Kingdom. Normally crowded with people London is like a ghost town as workers stay home under lockdown during the Coronavirus pandemic. M15 Security Service: MI5 safeguards the United Kingdom against threats to national security including terrorism, espionage, sabotage and the spread of weapons of mass destruction. (photo by Barry Lewis/InPictures via Getty Images)

The new head of MI5, the UK's domestic security service, has warned that nearly 30% of the major terror plots it has disrupted at a late stage since 2017 have been from far right extremists.

London (CNN)The new head of MI5, the UK's domestic security service, has warned that nearly 30% of the major terror plots it has disrupted at a late stage since 2017 have been from far right extremists.

Ken McCallum said that the pan-European threat from the far right was increasing with "bitty, but meaningful international connectivity. "

In his first engagement with reporters since taking the job in March, McCallum said far-right extremism was not on "the same scale as Islamist extremist terrorism.

But it is growing: of the 27 late-stage terrorist attack plots in Great Britain disrupted by MI5 and counter-terror policing since 2017, eight have been right-wing extremist. "

Individuals, "often acting in comparative isolation," were often fueled by "social processes, to do with individual's own needs and self view," McCallum said, and the far-right ideology was often "tacked on after someone has moved in that direction. "

Jack Renshaw's plans were revealed by a whistleblower, who was at a meeting in a pub when Renshaw announced his intentions in July 2017, a year after Labour Member of Parliament Jo Cox was murdered by a far-right extremist.

"Crucially, on the vaccine, we've been working to protect the integrity of UK research," he said.

After 24 years in the service, McCallum heads MI5 at a time when it is under criticism for failing to prevent the 2017 Manchester bombing of an Ariana Grande concert, and scrutiny over its assessment of Russian meddling in British elections.

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