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Damian Green MP

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  • = Key Development Sunday 7th December
  • 10:47 Damian Green: I don't see the additional value in state money for food banks On air

    On Air | Damian Green MP | Conservative MP | Murnaghan, Sky News Video Damian Green MP

    Damian Green said he didn't see the value in the state providing funding for good banks, and described the Archbishop of Canterbury's proposals as "nationalisation". "I don’t mind church leaders intervening in political issues as long as... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 26th November
  • 22:20 Story (1 links): Green urges Cameron to modernise

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    David Cameron has been urged by former policing minister Damian Green not to copy Ukip and risk turning off millions of supporters, and instead focus on “true modernisation”.

    In a speech to liberal think-tank Bright Blue in Portcullis House tonight, Mr Green stressed that Ukip’s appeal is to the “anxious and angry” but that it promises “nothing will change, and new people… will be kept out”.

    Instead, he recommended the Prime Minister continue with plans to modernise the party, not “responding to what others are doing” or aiming to restore the past as it is “politically short-sighted” and will only appeal to a small part of the population.

    “It’s not a way to enthuse a whole country,” he argued. “We should be offering hope… modern Britain offers opportunities for far more people than ever before.”

    He praised David Cameron for creating a “more open-minded and socially liberal party… that is much more in tune with modern Britain” but argued that more needs to be done to “bring our politics of hope to groups who have not listened in the past”.

    Mr Green, who was sacked from his government position earlier this year, called for the party to engage more with minorities, saying many people see them as “alien” and it is time to make it clear the party has “moved on” from the controversial views of Enoch Powell and Norman Tebbit.

    “The Tory party is at its best when it is optimistic and offering opportunity to the many,” he said.

    He pressed the party to give the vote to 16 and 17 year-olds to show they are willing to listen to young people.

    Praising George Osborne’s drive to perform better in the north of England, he also urged for mayors to be implemented in every major to city in a bid of “modernising the party” to create “proper localism”.

  • 19:01 Transcript: Damian Green speech to Bright Blue: Conservatives now need true modernisation Transcripts

    Damian Green speech to Bright Blue: Conservatives now need true modernisation Transcripts

    Damian Green speech to Bright Blue: TRUE MODERNISATION By Damian Green MP In some Conservative circles modernisation has followed the path of “human rights” and “health and safety”: perfectly sensible concepts which have been dist... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Saturday 8th November
  • 11:42 Damian Green: Tech companies still regard themselves as being hippies in a garage On air

    On Air | Damian Green MP | Conservative MP | Week In Westminster, BBC Radio 4 Video Damian Green MP

    Damian Green said many large tech companies still regard themselves as "hippies in a garage". "Snowden is not a hero but the Snowden case did cause difficulties between the intelligence agencies and the big technology companies. "The ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 4th November
  • 12:53 Isabel Hardman blog: Lynne Featherstone replaces Baker as Osborne mocks ‘conspiracytheorist’ News

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    Lynne Featherstone is to return to the Home Office to replace Norman Baker as Minister of State for Crime Prevention, Nick Clegg has announced. This is interesting because Damian Green… Continue readi... Continue to article

  • 07:44 Damian Green: Baker was a guitarist playing his own solo On air

    On Air | Damian Green MP | Conservative MP | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video Damian Green MP

    Damian Green said that Norman Baker was like “a guitarist who was only interested in his own solos”, after he resigned from the Government last night. “I think the more appropriate musical analogy is that he was a guitarist who was only ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 3rd November
  • 11:48 Damian Green: Cameron's stance on EU migration is sensible On air

    On Air | Damian Green MP | Conservative MP | BBC News Video Damian Green MP

    Damian Green said the German government would be prepared to reform some EU rules on immigration, despite a report that Angela Merkel would not compromise on free movement principles. “I think that there is a wider point… and I think the... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 27th October
  • 13:00 Damian Green: UK should not pay the EU £1.7bn bill On air

    On Air | Damian Green MP | Conservative MP | Daily Politics, BBC Two Video Damian Green MP

    Damian Green said David Cameron had been “sensible” to refuse to pay a £1.7bn bill from the European Union. “As somebody has pointed out, €2bn, £1.7bn is more than Labour is planning to raise from the mansion tax so it is a significant s... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 26th October
  • 09:34 Damian Green: Keep calm and carry on, it would be a disaster to form pact with Ukip On air

    On Air | Damian Green MP | Conservative MP | The Andrew Marr Show, BBC One Video Damian Green MP

    Damian Green said it would be a "complete disaster" for the Conservatives to do a pact with Ukip. "Whatever happens, it would be a complete disaster for the Tory party to become ‘Ukip-light’, or to do a pact with Ukip. There is a myth th... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 20th October
  • 11:39 Damian Green: Politicians need to make positive case for staying in Europe On air

    On Air | Damian Green MP | Conservative MP | BBC News Video Damian Green MP

    Damian Green expressed sympathy with European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso’s call for politicians to put the positive case for continued EU membership. “I agree to an extent with Mr Barroso that there has to be a positive rea... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 17th October
  • 13:15 Damian Green: Scrapping European Arrest Warrant would make committing murder and rape easier to get away with On air

    On Air | Damian Green MP | Conservative MP | The World At One, BBC Radio 4 Video Damian Green MP

    Damian Green said he had no sympathy for those seeking to scrap the European Arrest Warrant (EAW). "No not really, because this isn’t a matter of arcane European constitution-making or even giving powers to people, because if a criminal ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 12th October
  • 22:35 Damian Green: Labour's 'mansion tax' proposal is class-war rhetoric and impractical On air

    On Air | Damian Green MP | Conservative MP | Westminster Hour, BBC Radio 4 Video Damian Green MP

    Damian Green branded Labour's 'mansion tax' proposal "class-war rhetoric". "People with bigger houses do pay higher council tax, and they should. The problem with the mansion tax is there will be a lot of people in London and indeed in o... Continue to article

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  • 07:03 Story (1 links): Minorities 'must respect UK law'

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    Men from ethnic minorities linked to sex crimes against young girls must learn to recognise UK law and customs, the Criminal Justice Minister has warned. Damian Green spoke after the first meeting of a taskforce set up to address concerns about the widespread grooming of young teenage girls, saying: “If you come and live in 21st-century Britain then you obey the laws and observe the conventions of 21st-century Britain. And the law says that exploiting children for sexual purposes is a serious and disgusting crime.”

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Green urges Cameron to modernise

David Cameron has been urged by former policing minister Damian Green not to copy Ukip and risk turning off millions of supporters, and instead focus on “true modernisation”.

In a speech to liberal think-tank Bright Blue in Portcullis House tonight, Mr Green stressed that Ukip’s appeal is to the “anxious and angry” but that it promises “nothing will change, and new people… will be kept out”.

Instead, he recommended the Prime Minister continue with plans to modernise the party, not “responding to what others are doing” or aiming to restore the past as it is “politically short-sighted” and will only appeal to a small part of the population.

“It’s not a way to enthuse a whole country,” he argued. “We should be offering hope… modern Britain offers opportunities for far more people than ever before.”

He praised David Cameron for creating a “more open-minded and socially liberal party… that is much more in tune with modern Britain” but argued that more needs to be done to “bring our politics of hope to groups who have not listened in the past”.

Mr Green, who was sacked from his government position earlier this year, called for the party to engage more with minorities, saying many people see them as “alien” and it is time to make it clear the party has “moved on” from the controversial views of Enoch Powell and Norman Tebbit.

“The Tory party is at its best when it is optimistic and offering opportunity to the many,” he said.

He pressed the party to give the vote to 16 and 17 year-olds to show they are willing to listen to young people.

Praising George Osborne’s drive to perform better in the north of England, he also urged for mayors to be implemented in every major to city in a bid of “modernising the party” to create “proper localism”.


MoD police fill border gaps

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.


Home Office confirms domestic violence support scheme

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".


Minorities 'must respect UK law'

Men from ethnic minorities linked to sex crimes against young girls must learn to recognise UK law and customs, the Criminal Justice Minister has warned. Damian Green spoke after the first meeting of a taskforce set up to address concerns about the widespread grooming of young teenage girls, saying: “If you come and live in 21st-century Britain then you obey the laws and observe the conventions of 21st-century Britain. And the law says that exploiting children for sexual purposes is a serious and disgusting crime.”


Border staff risk warning

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.


'No compromise' on border security

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".