London: David Cameron is expected to outline further measures to deal with recent disorder in England when MPs are recalled for an emergency debate. A huge police operation and heavy rain in some areas appear to have prevented a fifth night of disorder.And magistrates in several cities have been working through the night to deal with those arrested on previous nights.
In Birmingham, a vigil has been held for three men who died after being hit by a car while protecting property.
The prime minister has chaired a meeting of the government’s emergency committee Cobra to discuss the violence with cabinet ministers and he will later make a statement on the rioting during an emergency session of Parliament.
He is expected to give details of financial help for people who have lost homes or businesses.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said the government’s first obligation was to “show that we can keep our streets safe”.
“It’s a basic need that we’ve all got to know that our homes, our shops, our communities can be kept safe at times like this.”
“I think the immediate priority is to see through what the police have been doing successfully in the last few days, which is getting on top of the situation, making sure that the streets are safe again, getting people into court and getting them behind bars where appropriate.”
He said longer-term debates were needed in the coming weeks and months but this would start in Parliament later.
On Wednesday, Mr Cameron said the “fightback” was under way and said every action would be taken to restore order, with contingency plans for water cannon to be available at 24 hours’ notice.
It is the second time in less than a month that MPs have been recalled for an emergency session – the first was for the phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World newspaper.