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Sadiq Khan – who ran Ed Miliband’s leadership campaign in 2010 – was speaking at Unison Labour Link’s conference today, and pledged that there would be a leadership election next year. However – only ... Continue to article
Sadiq Khan said politicians needed to "redouble our efforts" to prevent the radicalisation of Muslims. “Look, there’s nothing new about British citizens being angry, frustrated and concerned about things that happen overseas. In the... Continue to article
The Justice Secretary has strongly denied claims of an overcrowding crisis in Britain's jails. The head of the prisons' inspectorate warned at the weekend that demands on the prison system had "completely outstripped the resources availa... Continue to article
Today Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan will outline how the next Labour government would go about addressing economic inequality in the UK. Continue to article
Sadiq Khan said plans for a terrorist trial to be held in secret were 'beyond the pale'. "We've been having trials in this country, often very serious terrorist trials for decades now. All of them have been part of the principle of open ... Continue to article
Labour press release Sadiq Khan MP Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, responding to the conviction of Michael Wheatley, said: "Although the public will be relieved Michael Wheatley has been caught and convicted, corners are being cut ... Continue to article
Sadiq Khan was confident Labour would win in 2015. "Labour has made gains from the Liberal Democrats and from the Conservatives, Amber Valley is a good example of gains from the Conservatives, Brent, Haringey, will now have no Lib Dem co... Continue to article
Labour press release Sadiq Khan MP, Labour's Shadow Justice Secretary, responding to reports that two more inmates have gone on the run after absconding from an open prison, said: "Another day and another set of prisoners have gone missing ... Continue to article
Sadiq Khan blamed overcrowding and lack of rehabilitation for the recent escapes of violent criminals from open prisons. “The problem is this; if they are all overcrowded, no new prisons have been opened… expertise down by a third, ... Continue to article
Sadiq Khan said Labour’s proposals to protect tenants from rising rents would stop the “uncertainty and instability” in the market. “It’s an example of us understanding the cost of living crisis people are facing and having the solutions... 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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