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Danny Alexander said the Treasury had agreed a third of the planned £11.5bn savings for the 2015/16 financial year. “We’re well over a third, we’re around a third of the way there to the total, but of course discussions are continuing wi... Continue to article
ISPA Awards press release Nick Clegg MP, Theresa May MP and Edward Snowden make Internet Hero & Villain shortlists at the ISPA Awards Communications Data and state surveillance dominate the shortlists for this year’s Internet Hero and... Continue to article
Downing Street has said the Government is taking a “new and different approach” towards tackling the causes of child poverty. After new figures today showed as many as one in six British children were growing up in poverty, the Prime Min... Continue to article
10 Downing St press release The Prime Minister's task force on tackling extremism and radicalisation met for an initial meeting today. Ministers attending were: David Cameron, Prime Minister (chair) Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister Georg... Continue to article
Sir Menzies Campbell said the Snooper's Charter would be a very substantial intrusion into people's lives. "What we would expect, as has happened on occasions in the past is to get a full report from MI5. That will be subject to analysis... Continue to article
Theresa May today insisted the failed "snooper's charter" would be revived as she appeared to be gearing up for a fight with Liberal Democrats. Continue to article
Former Home Secretary Alan Johnson says a proposed Data Communications Bill should be a "resignation issue" for Theresa May. Continue to article
Theresa May said the Government's new taskforce on Islamist radicalisation may look at whether broadcasting rules need to be changed. "I think the taskforce, which is going to be able to look across the whole of government …we need ... Continue to article
Yvette Cooper condemned yesterday’s “vile” murder of a soldier in Woolwich and proclaimed Labour’s support for the Government’s response. “This was a truly vile attack, and I think all of our thoughts will be with the victim’s family and... Continue to article
Theresa May has warned“despicable acts” of terror will not go unpunished, following an attack in Woolwich this afternoon. Speaking after she held a Cobra meeting today, the Home Secretary told reporters: “What happened today in Woolwi... Continue to article
Home Secretary Theresa May summons a meeting of Cobra to assess the incident in Woolwich, the BBC reports.
HOME OFFICE WMS: Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Government response to the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation’s report on the operation in 2012 of the Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Act 2011... Continue to article
The most appropriate way I can start today is by saluting the memory of Paul McKeever, who led the Police Federation until just before he died suddenly and sadly in January. Everyone here knows that Paul and I did not agree on ... Continue to article
Theresa May refused to put a timeframe on Abu Qatada’s removal from the UK, despite the radical cleric pledging to leave the county once a new extradition treaty with Jordan was ratified. “What I’m clear about is that we are closer now t... Continue to article
WORDS: SAM MACRORY Shirley, you have been in Parliament, on and off, for nearly 50 years. How has Parliament changed in terms of the way women MPs are treated? Shirley Williams: I got elected in ’64. We had 23 women MPs – about three-and-h... Continue to article
WORDS: SAM MACRORY Louise Mensch is about to interview Arnold Schwarzenegger. Who is in Los Angeles. Such are the perks of being The Sun’s US-based political commentator – Mensch’s day job since she decided to quit Parliament last summer... Continue to article
The Government still intends to bring in controversial measures on monitoring internet activity, Theresa May revealed today. Nick Clegg vetoed the so-called 'Snooper's Charter' proposals amid a backlash from civil liberties campaigners. ... Continue to article
The Immigration Bill will end the “unjust situation” where criminal immigrants can escape deportation by claiming the right to a family life, the Home Secretary has claimed. As the House debated yesterday’s Queen’s Speech, Theresa May sa... Continue to article
Tomorrow the Queen will outline the Government’s legislative agenda for the next 12 months. Here’s a look ahead to some of the topics most likely (and unlikely) to be addressed tomorrow. Immigration What’s happening? The Gov... Continue to article
The Conservatives must give voters “greater certainty” that they will be given a say on Britain's membership of the European Union, Home Secretary Theresa May acknowledged on Saturday. Continue to article
Theresa May said the Conservatives would hold a referendum on membership of the European Union after the next general election. “We’ve set a very clear position, which is that we’re going to hold a Euro referendum on the basis of a reneg... Continue to article
Downing Street has reiterated that the Government is ready to consider “all options” to deport Abu Qatada. No 10 and Theresa May earlier both refused to rule out temporarily withdrawing from the European Convention of Human Rights, thoug... Continue to article
Sir Menzies Campbell said Theresa May was right that the Abu Qatada case was taking too long. "I do think she’s right when she says it takes far too long for these matters to be resolved, but there’s no reason why we shouldn’t fast-track... Continue to article
Theresa May has been trying to tickle MPs’ funny Bones again, with many in the Twittersphere picking up on her new found talent for witticisms. While dealing with the altogether hysterical subject of Abu Qatada, Ms May still found time t...
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
Theresa May has announced a comprehensive legal treaty with Jordan in the latest attempt to deport the radical cleric Abu Qatada. The Home Secretary told MPs the Comprehensive Mutual Legal Assistance Agreement, which sets out a fair... Continue to article
Chancellor George Osborne and Treasury chief secretary Danny Alexander launch a report on an independent Scotland's currency and monetary policy in Glasgow Home secretary Theresa May has a meeting with the Association of Police and Crim... Continue to article
The European Court of Human Rights “moved the goalposts” on the deportation of Abu Qatada, the Home Secretary has said. Theresa May told MPs at the Home Affairs Committee that the Government needed to meet the Strasbourg court’s test for... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 9.30am: Culture, media and sport questions (topicals at 10.05am) 10.15am: Women and equalities questions 10.30am: Business question Main business Finance (No. 2) Bill: Consideration in committee (day 2) Adjo... Continue to article
Home Secretary Theresa May calls for review into police compensation, following the row over a WPC suing a garage owner. She fears that the trend for officers to sue could deter victims from reporting crimes, sources tell the Mail on Sunday. Continue to article
Yvette Cooper said “urgent action” was needed by the Home Office to get the Abu Qatada case back on track. “We did raise concerns a year ago about the Home Secretary’s legal strategy and whether they were taking us back to square on... Continue to article
Labour party press release Yvette Cooper, Shadow Home Secretary, said: "The Home Secretary appears to have rushed forward this announcement after the unravelling of the Prime Minister's immigration speech yesterday and the damning repor... 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
Forget what your calendars say, this has been the month of May. It began with Theresa May’s department boasting that net migration has fallen by a third. It cont... Continue to article
Theresa May has announced the troubled UK Borders Agency will be split into two new bodies. The new organisations will not have agency status, and will operate from within the Home Office, Ms May told the Commons. The move follows a s... Continue to article
If you were placing your bets the way you always must in the Grand National - taking past history into account - you wouldn’t see why William Hague, Theresa May, David Miliband and Yvette Cooper are the bookies’ favourites to take the lead if Ed or Dave fall at Becher’s, given that they are all from previous intakes. Continue to article
Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 - Consultation on draft statutory guidance for powers to extend retention of biometric data on national security grounds The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Theresa May): I have today launched ... Continue to article
The Home Secretary announced that Sir Jonathan Evans would step down as director general of the security service next month. Theresa May said at Home Office Questions that Sir Jonathan's "tireless work helped ensure the safe delivery of... Continue to article
WORDS: PAUL WAUGH AND SAM MACRORY Vince Cable is doing what Vince Cable does: demanding a ‘national strategy’, calling for proper research and warning of the dangers of not distinguishing between productive migrants and those who can deple... Continue to article
Olympics troops drafted in following the G4S Olympics security shortfall will be rewarded after the Games, the Defence Secretary has said.
Philip Hammond insisted the Olympics would be "safe and secure" despite the shortfall which has seen 3,500 extra troops drafted in at the last minute.
He also told Sky News today: "Nobody will be out of pocket as a result of having to change personal arrangements because of this additional deployment."
Mr Hammond would not commit to a £500-a-head payment, as has been promised to London bus drivers, but said ministers would "take advice from the senior leadership of the armed forces on how most appropriately to recognise the contribution that the armed forces are making".
Meanwhile, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has urged politicians and the media to "pull together" in the wake of the G4S episode.
Questioned about the fiasco on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Mr Hunt said it was "completely normal" that some contractors on large projects do not meet their targets.
The pressure continues to mount on the Government over the issue as it has emerged that the Home Office received warnings about the ability of G4S to provide adequate security for the Olympics 10 months ago, fuelling criticism of Home Secretary Theresa May.
The Independent on Sunday reports that Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary passed a confidential report to the Home Office in September 2011. Meanwhile, ExCel, the Games' largest venue, said it has been raising concerns with Locog about G4S' abilities "for some time".
G4S chief executive, Nick Buckles, has apologised after 3,500 soldiers had to be drafted in to bolster guard levels for the Games. G4S has said it would see a loss on the contract of between £35m and £50m.
The company admitted in a statement today that it had found it "extremely challenging" to cope with increased demand for staff. It said the number had increased five-fold from the level originally set in December 2010.
Keith Vaz has revealed Ms May will give evidence before the Home Affairs Select Committee in September, but urged the British public to get behind the Olympics despite the scandals.
Labour has called on the Home Secretary to explain herself in the Commons on Monday. Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said Ms May should "show she is on top of the problem now" by answering to MPs.
Home Secretary Theresa May is planning new measures for the UK citizenship test.
Immigrants will have to learn key historical facts and the first verse of the national anthem according to the new version of the Life in the UK handbook, which is to be published this autumn.
The Home Office has said tests are needed that show people have "a grounding in our history."
The Sunday Times says immigrants will be told "historically the UK is a Christian country".
Civil liberties groups have hit out at Government plans for a new range of Criminal Behaviour Orders. Shami Chakrabati of Liberty writes in the Guardian that "shortcuts around the criminal law tackle neither crime nor its complex causes". Particular concerns were raised about the impact of the new orders on young people. Enver Solomon of the Standing Committee for Youth Justice said the proposals would "unecessarily fast-track" children in to the criminal justice system.
The Home Secretary has asked the Treasury to fund an advertising campaign encouraging better candidates to stand for election as police and crime commissioners.
Ministers' hopes that significant non-political figures would put themselves forward for election have not come to pass, and The Independent reports a Whitehall source as saying "The policy is in disarray. There is a chance it will be a damp squib."
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 collapse of a computer system which handles applications for people wishing to extend their stay in the UK has put more pressure on Theresa May to address issues with Britain's immigration services. The blow for the embattled Home Secretary comes days after the Prime Minister told her to "get a grip" on queues at Heathrow of up to three hours.
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