The criticism comes after the Kent-born killer mowed down members of the public with a car, killing three, and stabbed a policeman to death while attempting to storm Parliament.
Ms Cooper told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “To say somehow still today in answer to your questions that this was an issue about immigration when we know this man Khalid Masood or Adrian Elms, whatever he’s called, was born in Kent, British-born in Kent.
Yvette Cooper blasted Nigel Farage over his stance on immigration and terrorism
Unless Nigel Farage is talking about putting vetting and border controls around Kent I don’t see what it is that he thinks is the answer by making this an issue about immigration
“Unless Nigel Farage is talking about putting vetting and border controls around Kent I don’t see what it is that he thinks is the answer by making this an issue about immigration rather than dealing with the serious causes of what happened in this case and the vile crime and terrorist attack that this man launched.”
Appearing before the former government minister on the news channel, Mr Farage had addressed terrorism in the UK.
He said: “Given we already have a problem with people being radicalised at home, why on earth would you want to add to it with an irresponsible immigration policy.”
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Ms Cooper said the Brexit campaigner was “playing into the hands of extremists” with his response to the attacks.
She said: “We’ve been living with this in Britain since the 7/7 attacks and so on. I think the challenge for us is about how we respond how we deal with this because obviously, this is a global challenge about how we respond and deal with the problems we are having here in Britain.
“And you had Nigel Farage on earlier – I have to say the way he’s responding actually plays into the hands of extremists because it was a divisive response that terrorists and extremists want to divide us. I think that kind of response actually makes it worse.”
She also praised the UK’s security services for its work in stopping terror attacks in their tracks.
Ms Cooper said: “This is the kind of thing the police and the security services prepare for all of the time, they say this is the sort of thing that they hope will never happen and it is a real tribute to them that they have foiled many such similar attacks.”