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Keith Vaz called for “mechanism” to keep MPs informed of the events surrounding the suspected terror attack in Woolwich today during the Whitsun recess. “The worry for me is it that of course Parliament is not sitting at the moment and t... Continue to article
Keith Vaz said he would vote for Britain to remain part of the EU in any future referendum. “I think what people need is to put this to the electorate. It doesn’t need to be a snap referendum and I don’t think you need to go out and have... Continue to article
Keith Vaz said Labour should have a commitment to a European referendum in its next manifesto. “I think it’s important that we are seen to be able to put this before the British people. I would like to see it now. But at the very least, ... Continue to article
Keith Vaz said ministers should be cautious about Abu Qatada's claim that he will leave Britain if a judicial treaty with Jordan is ratified. "Now we don’t know the ratification process in Jordan, so I think we should just be a little ca... Continue to article
Keith Vaz said withdrawing from the European Convention on Human Rights to deport Abu Qatada would be a “step too far”. “Indeed we could be [dealing with the case for years to come] because this will all start again, even if the Supreme ... Continue to article
Keith Vaz has said that the case of Abu Qatada has to be solved by an official going to Jordan to seek reassurances that Qatada will have a fair trial there. “I have always felt that the key to solving this problem that’s become a judici... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Scottish questions 12.00 noon: Prime minister’s questions 12.30pm: Statement by home secretary Theresa May on Abu Qatada Ten minute rule motion: Planning Permission (Financial Penalties) (Jeremy Lefroy, C... Continue to article
Keith Vaz said he was "disappointed" that the Home Secretary Theresa May could not put a timeframe on the deportation of Abu Qatada. "No I don’t think it is acceptable, and I’m very disappointed. This is becoming one of the most expensiv... Continue to article
Keith Vaz said he welcomed the apology by the Youth Police Commissioner after she refused to step down for making offensive comments on Twitter. "I certainly welcome what the Youth and Crime Commissioner for Kent has said, because of cou... Continue to article
A Lib Dem and Tory MP clashed this evening over whether the Government should introduce tax breaks for married couples. David Burrowes, a Tory MP, said such a move would help protect children and that it was “very progressive”. “It’s goo... Continue to article
Keith Vaz said Andrew Mitchell needed “closure” on the ‘plebgate’ affair. “It’s very important that we try and get closure on this particular issue. As it currently stands, I’m afraid, we have a situation where an investigation has taken... Continue to article
Keith Vaz welcomed the Home Secretary’s decision to divide UKBA but called for “new people” in its successor. "I welcome what the Home Secretary has done. I think something needed to be done. We have produced on the select committee a se... Continue to article
The Government has been accused of misleading MPs before taking the decision to abolish the UK Border Agency. Home Secretary Theresa May announced today that UKBA would be split into two different agencies and taken over directly by mini... Continue to article
Keith Vaz supported Theresa May's decision to split up the UK Border Agency and bring it under ministerial control. "This is the right decision to make, she was in real killer mode today and we have been calling for a reform of what we d... Continue to article
Keith Vaz condemned the previous work done by the UK Border Agency and renamed the agency the "United Kingdom Backlog Agency". “In the last ten days all party leaders have waded into this important debate– the crucial issue is the agency... Continue to article
Keith Vaz said the immigration bond scheme put forward by Nick Clegg today was “unworkable, impractical” and “discriminatory”. “I know that Easter is the time for resurrection, but I think that this idea is likely to end in tears, with c... Continue to article
Keith Vaz has said ministers should "stop and think very carefully" before rejecting select committee advice on appointments.
In an interview with The House magazine Mr Vaz, chair of the Home Affairs select committee, said pre-confirmation hearings are “a very powerful tool” and minsters should take them more seriously.
The Home Affairs committee is expected to hold a hearing later this month with Tom Winsor, Home Secretary Theresa May’s controversial choice for the post of Chief Inspector of Constabulary.
He raised the example of Vince Cable, who in February appointed Les Ebdon as director of the Office for Fair Access despite over the objections of the Business, Innovation and Skills committee.
Mr Vaz said: “If a select committee says no, I think a minister should stop and think very carefully. And the next stage should not be to just go off and appoint the same person, but to actually come before the committee and defend their views."
Keith Vaz has said the extradition of British student Richard O'Dwyer is the clearest example of the "one-sided" UK/US extradition agreement fails to "protect the rights of British citizens".
The chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee plans to meet with Mr O'Dwyer and his mother next week after it became clear the Sheffield student faced up to 10 years in a high-security US prison for alleged copyright violations after setting up the tvshack.net website in 2007.
Richard Branson will be the first witness to the first parliamentary inquiry into Britain's drug policy for a decade. Mr Branson is part of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, a pro-reform group which argues the 'war on drugs' has failed. Keith Vaz, chair of the Home Affairs Committee conducting the inquiry, said: "I look forward to hearing the commission's evidence on why the war on drugs has failed and why it is now time to decriminalise drugs and focus on providing treatment to drug users in a bid to bring an end to the destructive cycle of addiction."
MPs are set to question those closely involved with the recent jailing of nine men in Rochdale for sexual offences against young girls.
The Home Affairs Committee will look at the sexual exploitation of children through "localised grooming" drawing on the lessons learnt from the case.
The head of Rochdale Council and Greater Manchester Police’s senior policeman will give evidence to MPs.
The Committee Chair, Keith Vaz, said “It is vital that we know the truth about why these abuses took place and that we have robust measures to guard against them.”
The Telegraph reported today that Chief Crown Prosecutor Nazir Afzal said grooming of white women was a "particular problem" in Asian communities.
The hearing will take place next week.
Thousands of police officers are breaking official guidelines to take second jobs as private investigators, security workers and drivers. The Home Affairs Committee pledged to investigate the recent growth in additional business interests after chair Keith Vaz said the potential conflict of interest was "of very serious concern".
Andy Coulson is suing News Corporation, the parent company of News International. According to court filings, the lawsuit was filed yesterday.
A lawyer representing phone hacking victims has announced American lawyers intend to file a case against News Corp in the US. Speaking on Sky News' Boulton & Co, Mark Lewis said: "In timescales within the next week or so American lawyers will be issuing a case." Mr Lewis explained that the legal team will be arguing that, as the parent company of News International and the now-defunct News of the World, News Corp is ultimately responsible for the actions of its foreign subsidiaries.
On BBC News, Keith Vaz said the Metropolitan Police made “a mistake” in trying to force the Guardian to reveal its sources on phone hacking by using the Official Secrets Act. Utilising the Official Secrets Act "should ring alarm bells", he added.
According to the Daily Telegraph, News International paid Neil Wallis, former deputy editor of The News of the World, for 'crime exclusives' whilst he was working for Scotland Yard. It is claimed he was paid more than £25,000 by the company during his time at Scotland Yard.
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