Keith Vaz: Police must be given ‘special powers’ to bring an end to riots

Keith Vaz MP, chairman of the home affairs select committee, welcomes return of prime minister from holiday and urges 'special powers' for police to bring lawlessness to an end:

"I welcome the decision of the prime minister to return to London to deal with this critical issue. The level of violence and criminality taking place across London and in Birmingham is very concerning.

"Police forces must work with local community leaders, be provided with whatever resources necessary and given whatever special powers they need to bring this lawlessness to an end urgently."