The cost of Islam: Whitehall ‘on track’ to hire 1900 extra spies to protect Britain from terror

THE Government was accused yesterday of making “disappointing” progress towards hiring more than 1,900 new spies it promised to recruit to protect Britain from terrorists.

But Whitehall insisted it was on track in its programme to hire and train the extra security and intelligence staff by the target year of 2020-21.

It defended progress after official figures showed MI5, MI6 and GCHQ are likely to be some 400 short of the target by the time of the next planned general election in 2020, four years from now.