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    Westminster Holocaust memorial would be 'trophy site' for terrorists

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    Plans for a Holocaust memorial next to Parliament would create a “trophy site” for terrorists, the former independent reviewer of terror laws has warned.

    The memorial has been proposed for Victoria Tower Gardens on Millbank.

    But a planning inquiry has been told by Lord Carlile that the landmark would be a “self-evident terrorism risk”.

    The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) said it was confident the site would be secure.

    The was previously rejected by Westminster Council, but the final decision will be made by the government following the public inquiry.

    However, the plans have significant support from more than 170 MPs and peers, including Housing and Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick.

    And last week, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer told the Jewish Chronicle the memorial was “vital” in order to educate future generations about the Holocaust.

    An online planning inquiry into the plans began on Tuesday.

    In his written evidence to the inquiry, Lord Carlile said: “From my extensive experience of observing, analysing and discussing terrorism issues with front-line practitioners, I have absolutely no doubt that the proposed site raises a clear – indeed self-evident – terrorism risk.

    “I give this warning with regret, but with total conviction. This would be a threat to the public, and also a potential threat to Parliament.”

    The project features 23 large bronze fin structures and an underground learning…

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