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  • = Key Development Sunday 27th July
  • 08:12 Story (1 links): Gove and May reported to watchdog over opera tickets

    PoliticsHome Gove and May reported to watchdog over opera tickets Story View links

    Michael Gove and Theresa May could face an investigation by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards over opera tickets they received.

    Labour reported the two high-profile Tories, asking whether the ministers should have declared tickets to the Royal Opera House in the MPs' register of interests.

    Tycoon Gerald Ronson and his wife Dame Gail Ronson funded the hospitality. Both Mr Gove and Ms May state they attended the events in their capacity as ministers.

  • = Key Development Friday 18th July
  • 15:38 In Brief Events

    15:38 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Prime minister David Cameron, home secretary Theresa May and international development secretary Justine Greening announce plans to tackle female genital mutilation at the Girl Summit 2014 Home secretary Theresa May is expected to announ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 17th July
  • 11:52 Yvette Cooper: Govt must reassure public that police have resources to chase child abuse crimes On air

    On Air | Yvette Cooper MP | Shadow home secretary | BBC News Video Yvette Cooper MP

    Yvette Cooper said the Government needed to reassure people that the authorities were being given sufficient resources to tackle the scale of the problem of child abuse. “My concern is that the Government’s response is still not up to th... Continue to article

  • 11:22 May hails 'unprecedented' wave of child abuse arrests House of Commons

    May hails 'unprecedented' wave of child abuse arrests House of Commons

    Theresa May has praised the “unprecedented” policing operation that led to the arrest of 660 people on suspicion of child sex offences. The National Crime Agency-led probe investigated online child abuse and involved dozens of police fo... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 14th July
  • 16:55 Christopher Hope tweets: Theresa May deftly knifes National Audit Office for suggesting in 2005 bringing processing of passports back from FCO to the Home Office...

    Twitter | Christopher Hope Twitter source icon

    Theresa May deftly knifes National Audit Office for suggesting in 2005 bringing processing of passports back from FCO to the Home Office...

  • 16:00 May defends appointment of Butler-Sloss PoliticsHome News

    May defends appointment of Butler-Sloss PoliticsHome News

    Theresa May has staunchly defended her appointment of Baroness Butler-Sloss as chair of the wide-ranging inquiry into historic allegations of child sex abuse.  The Home Secretary appeared before the Home Affairs Committee following the r... Continue to article

  • 13:07 Labour statement: Labour: Response to Butler-Sloss resignation - Cooper Press Release

    13:07| Press Release | Labour Labour

    Labour press release Responding to Lady Butler-Sloss' decision to resign as chair for the Home office child abuse inquiry; Yvette Cooper, Shadow Home Secretary, said: "As Lady Butler Sloss has said the most important thing is victims ha... Continue to article

  • 12:01 Nicholas Watt tweets: Downing Street praises Lady Butler-Sloss and says decision to resign 'entirely' hers. Retired judge informed Theresa May over w'end

    Twitter | Nicholas Watt Twitter source icon

    Downing Street praises Lady Butler-Sloss and says decision to resign 'entirely' hers. Retired judge informed Theresa May over w'end

  • = Key Development Friday 11th July
  • 16:55 House of Commons Business Commons Business

    16:55 | Commons Business | PoliticsHome Commons Business

    COMMONS CHAMBER 2.30pm: Defence questions (topicals at 3.15pm) Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill: First reading Main business Childcare Payments Bill: Second reading Motion relating to business of the House (Data Re... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 10th July
  • 11:56 Theresa May: Emergency surveillance legislation will only maintain the status quo House of Commons

    Theresa May: Emergency surveillance legislation will only maintain the status quo House of Commons

    Theresa May made the case for emergency legislation which will protect current powers to intercept communications data. In a statement to Parliament the Home Secretary assured MPs that the Data Retention and Investigation Powers Bill wo... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 8th July
  • 17:01 Home Office unclear on who authorised destruction of missing abuse files - Sedwill PoliticsHome News

    Home Office unclear on who authorised destruction of missing abuse files - Sedwill PoliticsHome News

    The Home Office does not know who authorised the destruction or removal of files relating to child sex abuse claims, the department's top official has confirmed. In a heated round of questioning at the Home Affairs Select Committee, Mark... Continue to article

  • 10:31 Cristina Odone blog: 'Paedophile hysteria' and the lessons Westminster should draw from theCatholic church News

    Blog | Telegraph politics blog source icon

    Theresa May has called for a wide-ranging inquiry into historic paedophile abuse by politicians. Only ten days ago the Home Secretary had refused to even contemplate such an inquiry – but that was bef... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 7th July
  • 17:05 Peter Jukes tweets: Good to see Theresa May commend @tom_watson for his 'relentless' campaigning on institutional child abuse: some things above party politics

    Twitter | Peter Jukes Twitter source icon

    Good to see Theresa May commend @tom_watson for his 'relentless' campaigning on institutional child abuse: some things above party politics

  • 15:26 May announces child abuse inquiries House of Commons

    May announces child abuse inquiries House of Commons

    Theresa May has announced two inquiries into the state's response to child sexual abuse allegations. NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless will lead a review into the Home Office's handling of abuse allegations passed to it by the late MP ... Continue to article

  • 12:37 Lobby:No 10: Child abuse inquiry to focus on lessons learnt Lobby Briefings

    12:37 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    Downing Street has said an inquiry into public bodies’ handling of child abuse allegations will have a “particular emphasis” on studying and evaluating the lessons to be learnt from other investigations. Theresa May will today announce ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 6th July
  • 10:03 PoliticsHome tweets: Gove: Theresa May has been "very vigorous" in stopping extremist preachers coming to UK #marrshow

    Twitter | PoliticsHome Twitter source icon

    Gove: Theresa May has been "very vigorous" in stopping extremist preachers coming to UK #marrshow

  • = Key Development Thursday 3rd July
  • 12:12 Lobby:No 10: Migrant curbs have not damaged UK Lobby Briefings

    12:12 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    Downing Street has dismissed Vince Cable’s suggestion that the Tory net migration target has been “damaging” for the UK. A new study by the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford suggested that curbs on skilled migrants had s... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 1st July
  • = Key Development Thursday 26th June
  • 11:22 Home Office statement: Home Secretary announces review of undercover policing cases Press Release

    11:22| Press Release | Home Office

    Home Office press release Home Secretary Theresa May today announced details of a review of criminal convictions in cases involving undercover police officers. The review will look at whether convictions are safe in cases where underc... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 18th June
  • 16:06 David Hanson tweets: After Theresa mays apology on passports now she can vote with labour to repay fast track fees to those forced to pay them #passportchaos

    Twitter | David Hanson Twitter source icon

    After Theresa mays apology on passports now she can vote with labour to repay fast track fees to those forced to pay them #passportchaos

  • 14:41 Jane Merrick tweets: Disgraceful attack on Theresa May by Gerald Kaufman in Commons - called her "useless + arrogant" over passport crisis Unparliamentary

    Twitter | Jane Merrick Twitter source icon

    Disgraceful attack on Theresa May by Gerald Kaufman in Commons - called her "useless + arrogant" over passport crisis Unparliamentary

  • 13:35 May says sorry for passport fiasco House of Commons

    May says sorry for passport fiasco House of Commons

    Theresa May has personally apologised for the first time for the delays in processing passport applications. Downing Street and the head of the Passport Office have both previously said sorry for the backlog which has resulted in delays... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 17th June
  • 15:20 Nearly half a million passports in queue, passport chief confirms PoliticsHome News

    Nearly half a million passports in queue, passport chief confirms PoliticsHome News

    Almost half a million people are still waiting for their passports to be processed, the head of the Passport Office has confirmed. The Government announced measures last week to try and deal with a backlog at the agency, which Prime Mini... Continue to article

  • 15:12 Steve Hawkes tweets: Word is all those that applied for passports online are NOT covered by Theresa May's reforms of last week..

    Twitter | Steve Hawkes Twitter source icon

    Word is all those that applied for passports online are NOT covered by Theresa May's reforms of last week..

  • = Key Development Sunday 15th June
  • 10:57 David Hanson: Passport backlog real fiasco at heart of Government's responsibility On air

    On Air | David Hanson MP | Shadow Home Office Minister | Murnaghan, Sky News Video David Hanson MP

    David Hanson said Labour would be looking at how those affected by passport application delays could be compensated for missed holidays, and accused the Government of failing to act on warnings over the issue. “I want to explore [that] t... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 12th June
  • 16:50 Lobby:No 10 sorry for passport fiasco Lobby Briefings

    16:50 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    Downing Street has apologised to those affected by the delays in processing passport applications. Theresa May has refused to say sorry when challenged by Labour in the Commons today, but the Prime Minister’s spokesman said the Governme... Continue to article

  • 13:25 Yvette Cooper: Questions remain on Home Office's new passport delay measures On air

    On Air | Yvette Cooper MP | Shadow home secretary | World at One, BBC Radio 4 Video Yvette Cooper MP

    Yvette Cooper said there were still a lot of questions regarding the Home Office's new measures to ease the passport backlog. "Well they've certainly shifted their position in the space of just a couple of days; two days ago Theresa May ... Continue to article

  • 10:45 May announces reviews into passport chaos House of Commons

    May announces reviews into passport chaos House of Commons

    The Home Office will conduct two reviews into the recent problems processing passport applications, Theresa May has announced. There have been reports of thousands of people’s documents being delayed as a result of a backlog at the Pass... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 11th June
  • 11:23 David Hanson: May has been sleeping on the job at Passport Office On air

    On Air | David Hanson MP | Shadow Home Office Minister | BBC News Video David Hanson MP

    David Hanson said Theresa May had failed to act on warnings from the Opposition about potential problems in the Passport Office. “It’s clear the Home Secretary’s been caught sleeping on the job. We’ve been telling her for many weeks that... Continue to article

  • 10:18 Theresa May: I recognise passport concerns On air

    On Air | Theresa May MP | Home Secretary | Pooled clip Video Theresa May MP

    Theresa May said she understood concerns over passport processing delays, but insisted the Passport Office was already taking action to deal with high demand. "I recognise people's concerns, understandably, about getting their passports.... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 10th June
  • 23:20 Baroness Warsi: Accepting difference is a fundamental British value PoliticsHome News

    Baroness Warsi: Accepting difference is a fundamental British value PoliticsHome News

    Baroness Warsi was asked whether her opposition to the repeal of Section 28 (legislation that prohibited the promotion of homosexuality in schools) was compatible with her identification of tolerance as a fundamental British value. Speaking... Continue to article

  • 16:30 Lobby:Number 10: Charity's criticisms a matter for them Lobby Briefings

    16:30 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    An Oxfam tweet criticised by Conservative MPs as overtly political has not shifted the PM's views on economic policy, Downing Street has said. The Prime Mininister's Official Spokesperson said that deficit reduction, criticised as leadin... Continue to article

  • 12:44 Francis Maude: There is much more to do on efficiency savings On air

    On Air | Francis Maude MP | Cabinet Office Minister | Daily Politics, BBC Two Video Francis Maude MP

      Francis Maude said there would be further efficiency savings imposed on government departments following his announcement today, alongside the Chancellor, that £14.3bn has already been saved.   “We expect efficiency savings frankly ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 9th June
  • 15:33 British values will be promoted in schools, Gove House of Commons

    British values will be promoted in schools, Gove House of Commons

    All schools will be forced to uphold and teach "British values" under new plans unveiled by Michael Gove. The Education Secretary addressed the Commons this afternoon on the Government's investigation into allegations made about Islamist... Continue to article

  • 14:29 I did not authorise publication of letter, says May House of Commons

    I did not authorise publication of letter, says May House of Commons

    Theresa May today insisted she did not authorise a letter attacking Michael Gove, as she was forced to defend her conduct in the Commons. The Home Secretary faced an Urgent Question from Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper over her role... Continue to article

  • 13:17 Liam Byrne: Ofsted have questions to answer over Trojan Horse schools On air

    On Air | Liam Byrne MP | Shadow Education minister | World at One, BBC Radio 4 Video Liam Byrne MP

    Liam Byrne said Ofsted had questions given the developments in the 'Trojan Horse' schools row and needed to address concerns that their inspection framework was "not fit for purpose". "There are suggestions that both Birmingham City Coun... Continue to article

  • 12:19 Lobby:No 10: Home Secretary was not aware of extremism letter publication Lobby Briefings

    12:19 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    Downing Street said that Theresa May did not know about the publication of a letter on the Home Office website last week criticising Michael Gove for his handling of allegations about extremism in schools. The Prime Minister’s Official Spo... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 8th June
  • 22:53 Trojan Horse row turning into personal spat between Gove and May, says Phillipson PoliticsHome News

    Trojan Horse row turning into personal spat between Gove and May, says Phillipson PoliticsHome News

    A Labour MP has accused Michael Gove and Theresa May of hijacking the so-called 'Trojan Horse' schools scandal and turning it into a row over Bridget Phillipson said it was "a shame" that the Education Secretary and Home Secretary were u... Continue to article

  • 13:29 Tim Loughton: Spad row has been deeply unhelpful On air

    On Air | Tim Loughton MP | Conservative MP | World This Weekend, BBC Radio 4 Video Tim Loughton MP

    Tim Loughton said the row between Michael Gove and Theresa May, which led to one of Ms May’s special advisers resigning, was “very unhelpful”. “When spads are briefing against other spads, attacking their own side. And I think what’s com... Continue to article

  • 09:35 Yvette Cooper: May must apologise for leaking Trojan Horse schools letter On air

    On Air | Yvette Cooper MP | Shadow home secretary | The Andrew Marr Show, BBC One Video Yvette Cooper MP

    Yvette Cooper called on Theresa May to apologise for breaking the ministerial code and for authorising the publication of a private letter she sent to Michael Gove asking him why nobody took action on the 'Trojan Horse' schools. "I think... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 6th June
  • 15:44 In Brief Events

    15:44 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Chancellor George Osborne delivers his annual Mansion House speech in London (19.30) Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke (10.00), home secretary Theresa May (11.05), shadow care minister Liz Kendall (14.45), Jeremy Browne MP ... Continue to article

  • 11:30 Lobby:No 10: Heywood leading Gove/May investigation Lobby Briefings

    11:30 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    The Cabinet Secretary is leading the investigation into the public spat between Michael Gove and Theresa May over Islamic extremism in schools, Downing Street has confirmed. Building on comments made by Chancellor George Osborne this mor... Continue to article

  • 07:50 George Osborne: Gove and May row a distraction to govt On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne admitted the row between Michael Gove and Theresa May over extremism in Birmingham schools was an unnecessary “distraction” to the Government. “The Prime Minister has asked Downing Street – and that includes the Cabinet Se... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 5th June
  • 11:48 Lobby:No 10: PM wants extremism row facts 'in short order' Lobby Briefings

    11:48 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    Downing Street said David Cameron has ordered all the facts relating to the row about tackling Islamic extremism to be laid before him "in short order". The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman said that Mr Cameron was keen to get to the ... Continue to article

  • 09:45 Eagle calls on PM to settle Gove-May extremism row House of Commons

    Eagle calls on PM to settle Gove-May extremism row House of Commons

    Angela Eagle accused the Coalition of ‘turning in on themselves’ over the continuing row between Michael Gove and Theresa May on counter-extremism policy, and challenged the Prime Minster to give a statement to clarify where responsibility ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 4th June
  • 18:50 Story (25 links): Cam seeks answers on May & Gove row

    PoliticsHome Cam seeks answers on May & Gove row Story View links

    David Cameron has stepped into the row between Michael Gove and Theresa May over allegations of extremism in schools.

    The Prime Minister has asked for a full account of the reported disagreement between the Education Secretary and Home Secretary, which threatened to overshadow today's Queen's Speech.

    The pair have attempted to dampen the spat over the alleged Islamist takeover of schools in Birmingham by insisting that they are "working together" to fix the problem.

    It follows the Home Secretary’s decision to write to her Cabinet colleague warning there needs to be “clear action to improve the quality of staffing and governance”, including a mandatory code of conduct, to stop extremism in schools.

    The Home Secretary also raised reports that the Government had been warned of a problem four years ago: “Is it true that the Department for Education was warned in 2010? If so, why did nobody act?”

    But the Times reports that the Education Secretary believes the Home Office has been too focused on violent extremism and failed to “drain the swamp” of other forms of radicalisation.

    In a rare joint statement this morning, a spokesperson for Mr Gove and Ms May said: "The Department for Education and the Home Office take the problems in Birmingham schools and all issues relating to extremism very seriously.

    "Michael Gove and Theresa May are working together to ensure we get to the bottom of what has happened in Birmingham and take the necessary steps to fix it."

    A subsequent joint statement added: "There is no difference between the Education Secretary and the Home Secretary who are both working energetically together to tackle the challenge posed by any form of extremism."

    The Prime Minister’s spokesman this morning refused to be drawn on whether David Cameron met with Mr Gove this morning, saying only that “he meets all his cabinet colleges very regularly”.

    The spokesman also stressed that the Government was focused on resolving the problems in the schools, rather than the political row.

    “The important thing here is getting to the bottom of the concerns that have been raised about schools in the Birmingham area. That is the focus and rightly so.”

  • 13:35 Yvette Cooper: Cameron needs to step in and sort out Gove and May row On air

    On Air | Yvette Cooper MP | Shadow home secretary | Boulton & Co, Sky News Video Yvette Cooper MP

    Yvette Cooper called on David Cameron to diffuse the row between Michael Gove and Theresa May over the 'Trojan Horse' schools plot. "I think there's a real, worrying problem here; it's clear that Michael Gove was warned about extremism i... Continue to article

  • 13:29 Gary Gibbon blog: That Gove/May spat … News

    Blog | Channel 4 News source icon

    Bad-tempered letters between Home Secretary and Education Secretary speak more of clashing ambitions than ideological differences. Continue to article

  • 13:27 Transcript: Joint government statement on extremism Transcripts

    Joint government statement on extremism Transcripts

    A Government spokesperson said:  "Extremism anywhere in society is a serious problem and we are working together across government to deal with it. That was shown by the work of the Prime Minister's Extremism Taskforce. There is no diffe... Continue to article

  • 13:25 Toby Young blog: Five things you need to know about Theresa May's row with Michael Gove News

    Blog | Telegraph politics blog source icon

    1. Theresa May is desperate to be the next leader of the Conservative Party. Continue to article

Stories involving Theresa May

Gove and May reported to watchdog over opera tickets

Michael Gove and Theresa May could face an investigation by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards over opera tickets they received.

Labour reported the two high-profile Tories, asking whether the ministers should have declared tickets to the Royal Opera House in the MPs' register of interests.

Tycoon Gerald Ronson and his wife Dame Gail Ronson funded the hospitality. Both Mr Gove and Ms May state they attended the events in their capacity as ministers.


May outlaws extremist groups

The Home Secretary plans to ban two extremist groups from operating in the UK and to make supporting them a criminal offence.

Theresa May is to issue an order which, if passed, will outlaw both UK-based Minbar Ansar Deen, which is believed to promote terrorism through its online forum, and Nigeria-based Boko Haram, which seeks to establish Islamic law in Nigeria.

Under the Terrorism Act 2000, the Home Secretary can proscribe any organisation if it is believed to be involved in terrorism. If Ms May’s order is passed, the organisations will be banned from operating in the UK from midnight on 8 July.


May struggling for police chief candidates

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."


Cam seeks answers on May & Gove row

David Cameron has stepped into the row between Michael Gove and Theresa May over allegations of extremism in schools.

The Prime Minister has asked for a full account of the reported disagreement between the Education Secretary and Home Secretary, which threatened to overshadow today's Queen's Speech.

The pair have attempted to dampen the spat over the alleged Islamist takeover of schools in Birmingham by insisting that they are "working together" to fix the problem.

It follows the Home Secretary’s decision to write to her Cabinet colleague warning there needs to be “clear action to improve the quality of staffing and governance”, including a mandatory code of conduct, to stop extremism in schools.

The Home Secretary also raised reports that the Government had been warned of a problem four years ago: “Is it true that the Department for Education was warned in 2010? If so, why did nobody act?”

But the Times reports that the Education Secretary believes the Home Office has been too focused on violent extremism and failed to “drain the swamp” of other forms of radicalisation.

In a rare joint statement this morning, a spokesperson for Mr Gove and Ms May said: "The Department for Education and the Home Office take the problems in Birmingham schools and all issues relating to extremism very seriously.

"Michael Gove and Theresa May are working together to ensure we get to the bottom of what has happened in Birmingham and take the necessary steps to fix it."

A subsequent joint statement added: "There is no difference between the Education Secretary and the Home Secretary who are both working energetically together to tackle the challenge posed by any form of extremism."

The Prime Minister’s spokesman this morning refused to be drawn on whether David Cameron met with Mr Gove this morning, saying only that “he meets all his cabinet colleges very regularly”.

The spokesman also stressed that the Government was focused on resolving the problems in the schools, rather than the political row.

“The important thing here is getting to the bottom of the concerns that have been raised about schools in the Birmingham area. That is the focus and rightly so.”


Olympic troops reward plan

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.


New tests for immigrants

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".