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Family members of one of the victims of the Fishmongers’ Hall terror attack, where two Cambridge graduates lost their lives, have called for the leaders of the Learning Together programme, responsible for organising the event, to step down.

The uncles of Saskia Jones, a Cambridge graduate who was killed in the attack, have said they would be “insulted” if the leaders continued in their roles in the programme.

Along with fellow Cambridge graduate Jack Merritt, Jones was stabbed to death by Usman Khan at a Learning Together event in central London in November 2019. Khan attended the event as a guest, having participated in the organisation’s prisoner education programme. He was shot dead by police at the scene after having escaped onto London Bridge.

Pete and Phil Jones, Saskia’s uncles, told the BBC they felt the need to speak out after hearing evidence at the inquest, at which Dr Amy Ludlow- one of the leaders of Learning Together- said she would not rule out working with terrorist offenders in the future because there was “no research evidence” to support excluding an entire category of prisoner.

Phil Jones commented that this response revealed the arrogance of the academics and that ″the main evidence we have now is that it wasn’t a wise idea” since Khan was able to “manipulate their organisation”.


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″They shouldn’t be leading an organisation that got something badly and tragically wrong,” he added.

Meanwhile Pete Jones stated that Dr Ludlow, along with fellow leader and founder of Learning Together, Dr Ruth Armstrong, had “lost sight of their duty to protect their staff, volunteers and the public″.

The inquest into the deaths of Jones and Merritt concluded at the end of May that there was evidence of “missed opportunities for those with expertise and experience to give guidance” in the probation of Khan - who was sent to prison for plotting to create a terrorist training camp- prior to the attack.

The Learning Together programme has been suspended while the University carries out a review of its operations.

The University has been contacted for comment.