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Prime minister David Cameron and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg meet Irish president Michael D. Higgins in London Chancellor George Osborne continues visit to Brazil Energy secretary Ed Davey launches an analysis paper on Scotland... Continue to article
The Prime Minister, David Cameron, speaking today at a meeting of Conservative Party activists said: We meet on the eve of some important changes in our country. From tomorrow... ...millions of people will open their... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Foreign office questions (topicals at 12.15pm) 12.30pm: Ten minute rule motion: National Health Service (Right to Treatment) Bill (Hugh Bayley, Lab, York Central) Main business Finance Bill: Consideratio... Continue to article
Theresa May said a review into police treatment of cases of domestic violence demonstrated the need for a change in attitudes throughout police forces. “It shows significant failings: failings of visible police leadership; it shows lack ... Continue to article
Yvette Cooper said she had not been surprised by the findings of a report finding most police forces are failing domestic violence victims and accused Theresa May of inaction on the issue. “No it’s not [worse than we thought], and we’ve ... Continue to article
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
Amid the scramble to be the next leader of the Conservative Party, it’s sometimes difficult to keep track of the plotting and backstabbing. Osborne is on manoeuvres, and has reportedly ‘licensed’ his ally Gove to brief against Boris. G... Continue to article
Baroness Lawrence has thanked the Home Secretary for her help as she continues her “struggle” to expose the truth about the murder of her son Stephen. Theresa May announced a full public inquiry into undercover policing after the public... Continue to article
Theresa May, Theresa Villiers, Maria Miller and Justine Greening. In charge of keeping us safe from the threat of Islamic and Irish nationalist terrorists, paedophiles, killers, rapists and drug deale... Continue to article
Neville Lawrence described Theresa May's announcement of a judge-led inquiry into undercover policing as welcome but long-overdue. “I do welcome the [announcement], but it’s a sad day and it’s a happy day, and the reason why it’s a sad d... Continue to article
The Ellison report gives us a better understanding, and Theresa May's inquiry is welcome – but our state does not self-correct. Don't expect the full picture Continue to article
The Home Secretary has announced a full public inquiry into undercover policing. A review by Mark Ellison into the Special Demonstration Squad’s infiltration of Stephen Lawrence’s family found there was “real potential for miscarriages ... Continue to article
Bernard Hogan-Howe said the Metropolitan Police knew there was a need to reform stop-and-search practices at the time that he became commissioner. “There has been some disproportionality in the number of people that were stopped. An... Continue to article
Eric Pickles insisted the Government had not suppressed a report suggesting the impact of immigration on employment was significantly less than ministers had claimed, claiming it was not yet ready to be published. “Well, forgive me - it’... Continue to article
David Hanson said the Government should publish its report into the effect of immigration today. "I think the report is ready. We were putting questions down in November of last year, and Vince Cable, I think, himself, wants this re... Continue to article
It's so obvious that Norman Baker has been slapped down by Theresa May on legal highs. He should just be honest about it. Differentiation.
Prime minister David Cameron delivers a speech in Coventry on skills and the economy Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg speaks at the Royal United Services Institute in London on security and privacy in the internet age (08.15) Labour ... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron chairs a National Security Council meeting on Ukraine (15.00) Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg meets the EU digital agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes Business secretary Vince Cable speaks at the National Un... Continue to article
Tom Watson lamented the fact that the row between Harriet Harman and the Daily Mail had taken precedence over the victims of members of the Paedophile Information Exchange. “There will be many victims out there who will be looking at thi... Continue to article
The first meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Flooding was chaired today by the Prime Minister David Cameron. The new Committee was set up by the Prime Minister earlier this week to coordinate strategic long-term plans on flood recovery a... Continue to article
Rushanara Ali said Theresa May’s comments blaming the last Labour government for the “out of control” immigration system in her response to the visa fraud revelations exposed by the BBC was another example of the Conservative-led government... Continue to article
Theresa May said she was grateful to the BBC for exposing cheating and fraud in student visa tests and called on education providers to to do more to combat the problem. "I’m grateful to Panorama for the work they’ve done in showing this... Continue to article
Words: Tony Grew The chairman of the Association of Chief Police Officers occupies a modest office in a nondescript Westminster block. A framed shirt signed by the England rugby squad, a mug indicating he is the world’s best dad and... Continue to article
Mark Reckless argued insufficient time had been set aside for MPs to debate the Immigration Bill in general, and Theresa May's 'stateless' amendment in particular. "There was some suspicion that it was intended to prevent a debate and vo... Continue to article
Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg embarks on a trade and investment visit to Colombia and Mexico with a trade delegation Foreign secretary William Hague is expected to attend a press conference with German foreign minister Frank-Walter St... Continue to article
Norman Baker said the Liberal Democrats would vote against Dominic Raab's amendment to the Immigration Bill as it was not compatible with the UK's human rights obligations. "We’re clear that the Government advice we’ve received in legal... Continue to article
Nick de Bois said consensus had "materialised" amongst the Conservative party on Dominic Raab's amendment to the Immigration Bill currently being debated in the House of Commons. "It’s quite clear the vast majority of the parliamentary... Continue to article
The Home Secretary appears to have ruled out backing a backbench Tory amendment to the Immigration Bill aiming to speed up deportation of foreign criminals. Theresa May argued that the amendment by Dominic Raab to ignore human right... Continue to article
Theresa May says stateless immigration bill plan would apply "where that individual would have ability to have access to another country”.
Theresa May has confirmed the Government will accept some of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees into the UK. In a statement to the House of Commons, the Home Secretary said the relocation programme would produce a “genuine benefit to s... Continue to article
The Government is set to update its position on the United Nations Syria refugees programme, with a statement due by Wednesday, Theresa May has said. In response to a question from Labour's Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper on whether ... Continue to article
The Immigration Bill is due back on Thursday but more interesting than the Mills amendment could be the Dom Raab amendment. This will remove judges’ discretion on the deportation of foreign criminals. It goes further than Theresa May’s o... Continue to article
William Hague revealed that Theresa May will shortly be announcing measures allowing certain Syrian refugees to resettle in the UK. “Well, [David Cameron] did open the door [to resettlement at Prime Minister's Questions], and the Home Se... Continue to article
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.
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.
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.
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