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In what is fast-becoming an annual tradition, Ed Balls will don the leggings and run 26.2 miles on Sunday for the London Marathon. Several of his parliamentary colleagues have sponsored him so far, including his political arch-rival Geor...
Technical gremlins mean the Waugh Room Memo probably hasn't hit all of your inboxes this morning. Below is the essential preview of what's happening in Westminster today. As it happens, now and again, I put up a public version of the Me... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron meets with Singaporean prime minister Lee Hsien Loong in London Pensions minister Steve Webb delivers a statement to the House of Commons on quality workplace pensions Energy minister Michael Fallon speaks... Continue to article
Sadiq Khan insisted he was angling for the job of Justice Secretary in a Labour government after the next general election but did not rule out running for Mayor of London. “I love this city, but I want Chris Grayling’s job. I want to be... Continue to article
Sadiq Khan claimed that funds the Labour party received from trade unions were the "cleanest form of money in British politics". "How we do business is we want to be more in tune with the British public, have policies that are designed ... Continue to article
Paul Uppal rejected Sadiq Khan’s claims that the Conservatives had not yet reformed their attitudes to race. “I grew up in the 1970s and faced racism almost on a daily basis. I happen to actually represent Enoch Powell’s old seat of Wolv... Continue to article
Sadiq Khan said David Cameron has failed to "detoxify" the Conservative party. "I think the promise that there was from David Cameron when he first became leader, he was going to detoxify the party, more women, more ethnic minorities, I ... Continue to article
After 2 weeks silence, Labour's "London Spokesman" Sadiq Khan has finally a comment on the strike. But he doesn't condemn the RMT wreckers.
The Shadow Justice Secretary accused the Chris Grayling of "being taken for a ride" by private companies taking on public contracts. Sadiq Khan called on Chris Grayling to publish evidence that privatising the probation services would sa... Continue to article
Sadiq Khan said Labour's campaign to lower the voting age to 16 would force politicians and governments to enact laws that reflect and effect a broader spectrum of society. “We already know today there are 16 and 17-year-olds who work a... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron speaks at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos (10.30) UK Trade and Investment and the Manufacturing Advisory Service launch a reshoring service to help companies bring production back to the UK Home ... Continue to article
Police stop and search powers need to be "urgently" revisited to address mistrust in the police, Labour has said, as Theresa May reportedly considers reforms to the practice.
Writing for PoliticsHome, Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan said disproportionate searching of ethnic minorities fed anger around episodes like the Mark Duggan verdict.
The Guardian reports that the Home Secretary is preparing to tell police they should carry out fewer searches, and crack down on officers unlawfully abusing their powers.
Peers in the House of Lords have defeated the Government and won a series of key amendments to the Legal Aid Bill, including making the provision of legal aid a 'binding duty'.
The three defeats come after Ken Clarke earlier defended the Government's reforms to Legal Aid, saying they were a matter of "common sense" and will not restrict access to justice.
Speaking to the Today programme this morning, the Justice Secretary said: "It doesn't close anybody's access to justice, at all. For those who don't get Legal Aid, the courts are already too expensive, so they're normally only accessible to the very rich or the very poor, but access to justice will still be there."
The plans were criticised by the Des Hudson, the head of the Law Society, who said "the poorest and weakest" would not be able to seek legal redress.
Writing exclusively for PoliticsHome, Shadow Justice Minister Lord Bach says there is a "strong sentiment" across all three parties in the House of Lords that the bill is "unconstitutional, heartless and economically unsound".
Labour's Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan MP criticised the "cuts" and said legal aid is an "investment" against "greater costs" down the line.
MPs have this evening passed a motion calling for the reform of the UK's extradition arrangements. The move was unanimous and required no vote.
Earlier today, Former Home Secretary David Blunkett saud that he had suggested alleged computer hacker Gary McKinnon could stand trial via video link.
Mr Blunkett said the suggestion, which he put to the Department of Justice in Washington, would mean it ewas possible "for the trial to take place on US soil, but for Gary to remain here and serve his sentence here".
Mr McKinnon, who suffers from Asperger's syndrome, has spent the last decade in court facing extradition charges.
The need for a renegotiation of the UK-US extradition agreement will be contested in a backbench debate today, in the wake of contentious cases like that of Scottish hacker Gary McKinnon.
The debate was secured by Conservative MP Dominic Raab, but has significant cross-party support. Sadiq Khan has called on the Government to act to secure more prisoner transfer agreements, estimating that the overstretched UK prison system could see a net loss of about 2,500. Writing for PoliticsHome, the Shadow Justice Secretary said increasing the number of deals would result in “a huge saving to British taxpayers”.
Sadiq Khan has said the Prime Minister's plans for new 'punitive' community sentences are based on "false targets" and could endanger public safety.
The Shadow Justice Secretary said the plans would need funding that the Government does not appear to have.
He said: "The Government need to answer important questions about how they propose to fund increased use of community sentences given the Ministry of Justice budget faces budget cuts of a quarter.
“False targets for reducing prison numbers, over stretched probation services and budget cuts of a quarter are a potent cocktail risking a gamble with public safety."
David Cameron's plan, to be introduced in the Queen's speech, would make community sentences include unpaid work, fines, electronic tagging, drinking bans and curfews.
Asset seizure will also be extended even to smaller items such as flat-screen TVs and other goods, rather than big ticket items like expensive cars at present.
Mr Cameron said: "For too long, community sentences have been seen as, and indeed have been, a soft option. This Government wants to change this and make them a proper and robust punishment. Criminals given a community punishment should not just be able to enjoy life as it was before, during their sentence. They should pay for their crimes and I'm determined to see this happen."
Sadiq Khan has said the justice system needs to see a "significant shift" in it's attitudes and treatment of victims. In a pamphlet released today with the Fabian Society, the Shadow Justice Secretary writes:
"Victims are too frequently kept in the dark about the details of a trial, access to court papers are often difficult to obtain and complex legal processes difficult to understand, all of which can and should be remedied quickly and at little cost."
Ed Balls, his wife Yvette Cooper and deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman will have a special interest in whether David Miliband will join the shadow cabinet, as all three are being linked to the shadow chancellor role. Ed Miliband's campaign manager Sadiq Khan is being tipped for shadow home secretary.
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