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Damian Green insisted the Prime Minister was not wavering on his pledge to offer an In/Out referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU if a Conservative majority was returned in 2015. “People said he wouldn’t veto a treaty, he did; peopl... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron continues his visit to the United States. He will attend meetings of the UN High Level Panel on development goals in New York Universities and science minister David Willetts announces a funding boost to the ... Continue to article
Damian Green said the Government would turn over stones to make sure police corruption is much more difficult to commit. "We have got to turn over all of those stones and at the same time make sure that this kind of behaviour is much mor... Continue to article
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Home Office press release Policing Minister Damian Green will today (Wednesday May 1) meet senior football officials to discuss violent incidents at recent high-profile matches. He will chair talks with representatives from organisati... Continue to article
Damian Green said the relationship between the police and ethnic minorities was “better than it was, not as good as it should be”. “A lot of it is about training, so that I think it’s undoubtedly true that any police officer operating to... Continue to article
Damian Green said that new guidelines would ensure that police cautions were issued consistently and only in appropriate cases. “Many people receive multiple cautions before they eventually get to court, whereas most of us regard caution... Continue to article
Damian Green expressed satisfaction that the Police Federation has not voted to seek the right to strike. “Well I’m conscious of the strength of feeling, which is what you’d expect at a time when we’ve had to keep pay down, we’ve had to ... Continue to article
Damian Green acknowledged that the Conservative Party will be setting out its agenda beyond the economy before the next election. “Between now and the next general election, we will be increasingly setting out a specific Conservative sta... Continue to article
A leaked memo shows Ministry of Defence police officers have been used to man passport desks and alleviate pressure on immigration at UK airports.
The email, written by a Border Force official, says that attempts to have staff cover at Heathrow and other airports “were pretty shambolic and did not work”.
Home Secretary Theresa May also faces claims that she will prompt "immigration chaos" by announcing plans to restrict numbers of Greek migrants long before they are implemented. The chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, Keith Vaz, voiced his concerns about mass Greek immigration yesterday.
The Home Office has confirmed that a scheme to help migrants forced to leave relationships as a result of domestic violence is to be made permanent. The decision comes after a pilot project that has provided support for 1,522 people, including 738 women with children. Immigration Minister Damian Green said domestic violence was a "terrible crime" and that the scheme "helps victims in genuine need escape violence and harm and seek the support they deserve".
Immigrants must "add to the quality of life" in Britain, Damian Green said today. Speaking to the Policy Exchange think tank in London, the Immigration Minister argued prospective immigrants should be "the brightest and best". The Government plans will also see immigrants kicked out of the UK if they are not earning at least £31,000 after five years in the country.
Former head of the UK Border Force Brodie Clark has warned that there are risks in drafting in extra staff to cover border controls at airports.
Speaking on the World at One on BBC Radio 4 after ministers announced 80 additional staff, Mr Clark said: "I understand that the plan is to pull staff in from other Government departments to cover some of this work with a truncated training course. There are some risks in respect of their aptitude and their testing for this type of work. I think there are plans to pool retired people in and I think that's a very sensible thing to do, and I think there are plans to pool and redeploy staff from other areas of Border Force work. I personally think that's very risky.
"I think our concern and focus should equally be on weaponry, explosives, Class A drugs and things like that coming into the country as well as some of the lower level risk issues in the people business."
Asked whether other areas could be left vulnerable by moving staff, Mr Clark said: "I think that is a very, very important and serious risk. I think there has been a tendency to take staff from customs work and use them in front-line desk work on immigration activity. I do think that creates other holes in parts of the security business.
Mark Serwotka, the general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union, criticised "drafting in staff from other areas of an already overstretched agency".
It is also reported that nearly 600 civil servants and former immigration workers are to be drafted in to help staff Britain's borders during the Olympics.
The UK will make “no compromises” on its border security, the Immigration Minister will say later today. In a speech to the Royal United Services Institute, Damian Green will also say the e-borders programme will be “genuinely secure, fluid and complete”.
Meanwhile a Conservative MP has hit out at plans to allow all European Union nations to access the UK's DNA bank. Dominic Raab told the Daily Mail the move could mean Britons "risk finding themselves mistakenly dragged into criminal investigations abroad".
Non-EU migrants may have a significantly greater negative effect on the employment of UK-born workers, according to experts.
However, the Migration Advisory Committee's report also found no link between immigration from EU countries and loss of jobs for British workers. The MAC's research found that the arrival of 100 non-EU migrants could lead to 23 fewer British residents in work.
At the same time, the chair of MAC, Professor David Metcalf, stressed that there was no proven causation between the arrival of immigrants and higher unemployment. He referred instead to an "association". Furthermore, he underlined that for immigrants who stayed in the country for more than five years there was no link at all.
Immigration Minister Damian Green said: "Controlled immigration can bring benefits to the UK, but uncontrolled immigration can put pressure on public services, on infrastructure and on community relations. This report makes clear that it can also put pressure on the local labour market."
The MAC's claim contradicts a report by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research which said there was "no association between migrant inflows and claimant unemployment". The pressure group Migration Watch UK claimed it would be a "remarkable coincidence" if there was no link.
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