Home Affairs Select Committee

Countering Terrorist Narratives: Time to Stop Talking and Start Doing

Munir Zamir | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Politics
Munir Zamir

A casual interest in the Syria conflict can easily turn into a genuine stimulus at which point an alternative narrative is needed to counter such effects. The broad aims of counter narrative work should be to build resilience to extremism by challenging the rationale behind its actions.

Foreign Fighters: How to Win the War of Ideas

Rachel Briggs | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Politics
Rachel Briggs

Today's report by the UK Parliament's Home Affairs Select Committee warns of the alarming number of westerners traveling to Syria to fight and calls for stronger efforts to counter the recruitment narratives of extremists.

A New Report Blames Anti-Immigrant Prejudice On The Government

Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Politics

The public's fears and prejudices of immigration from Romania and Bulgaria was fuelled by government shortcomings a report by MPs has said. Failure...

'No Evidence': MPs Slam Decision To Criminalise Khat

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK

The government has been slammed for its "baffling" decision to ban the herbal drug khat. The Home Affairs Select Committee said the ban had not bee...

'Plebgate' Officer Apologises To MPs For 'Honest Mistake'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK

Two police officers embroiled in the Andrew Mitchell "plebgate" affair have told MPs they "regret" the distress caused to former Tory chief whip - but...

'This Could Rival Any Great Work Of Fiction'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Politics

MPs have launched an brutal attack on police who are accused of stitching up former government minister Andrew Mitchell. The account given by Polic...

The UK Government Must Address Asylum System's Failings

Maurice Wren | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Maurice Wren

Last week the Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) produced a highly critical report about the UK's asylum system. The report examines the end-to-end asylum process, from the screening of new applicants to the move-on arrangements for those granted refugee status.

Law Firms Inplicated In Hacking Probe

PA | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK

A total of 22 law firms feature on a list of organisations and individuals linked to rogue private investigators, MPs have revealed. Legal firms fe...

Why Did Leveson, Politicians and Police Bury the Real Scandal of the 'Other Hacking' Report?

Neil Wallis | Posted 23.08.2013 | UK
Neil Wallis

Phone-hacking is wrong. Theft of private information is wrong. Illegally obtaining confidential personal data is wrong. But such awful behaviour was confined to the activities of a bunch of nasty newspapermen and a handful of unscrupulous private detectives, right? Anyway, it has now all been fully exposed and put a stop to by Lord Justice Leveson's Inquiry and the police investigations into the media, right? Wrong.

Child Sexual Exploitation - The Momentum for Change Must Be Maintained

Jon Brown | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK
Jon Brown

The catalogue of horror and professional failings has unfolded before us over the last two years; Rotherham, Rochdale, Oxford, Telford to name just a few. This widespread abuse cannot and must not be allowed to continue.

55 Pictures Of Important People Measuring Invisible Things

Posted 10.06.2013 | UK Politics

What is it about the Parliament Select Committee and people looking like they are measuring invisible things? From Tony Blair to the Dalai Lama, th...

'Catastrophic Leadership Failure' Civil Servant Promoted To £180,000 Job

Posted 25.03.2013 | UK

An influential group of MPs has launched a scathing attack against the head of Britain's tax office for her "catastrophic leadership failure" when she...

MPs Call For Urgent Review Of Undercover Policing

PA/The Huffington Post UK\ | Posted 01.03.2013 | UK Politics

MPs have raised serious concerns about the use of undercover policing - saying they could be infiltrating the lives of ordinary members of the public....

Vaz Accused Of Sexism After Home Secretary 'Diet' Remark

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.02.2013 | UK Politics

A senior Labour backbencher has been accused of sexism after suggesting Cabinet minister Theresa May was "looking a bit thin". Keith Vaz, chairman ...

Police Refuse To Apologise Over Children's Stolen IDs

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 05.02.2013 | UK

One of the country's most senior police officers has refused to apologise to the parents of dead children whose identities have been allegedly used by...

Police Watchdog 'Woefully Under-Equipped And Hamstrung'

PA | Posted 01.02.2013 | UK

The police watchdog is "woefully under-equipped and hamstrung" and does not have the power or resources to get to the truth, a scathing report by an i...

The Curious Case of the Home Affairs Select Committee's Drugs Policy Report

Jason Reed | Posted 08.02.2013 | UK Politics
Jason Reed

The last time a Royal Commission was called for on drug policy was that of the 9 March 2011; Lord Norton of Louth raised the issue in a question for short debate - the call for an evidence lead policy was to such an extent that the word evidence was used 42 times in only an hour.

Even Tighter Controls Won't Fix Our Broken Immigration System

Don Flynn | Posted 09.01.2013 | UK Politics
Don Flynn

Counting all the migrants in and then counting them all out seems to be something we can't do at any cost that is proportionate to what the tax-payer is likely to want to cough up. Decent economic and social policies which are aimed at ensuring that immigration turns into decent jobs, better public services and fairer outcomes for all hasn't even been tried yet. It's high time it was.

The Forgotten People Behind the Headlines: The Asylum Backlog

Lisa Doyle | Posted 09.01.2013 | UK Politics
Lisa Doyle

The UK Border Agency is once again being slammed by the Home Affairs Select Committee in their report out today. And rightly so.

Are Kids Too Smart For Blocked Online Pornography?

PA | Posted 30.10.2012 | UK

Automatically blocking access to hardcore pornography online will not stop the images falling into the hands of children, a police chief has said. ...

G4S Still Want Their £235m For Olympics - But Locog Haven't Paid Them Since July

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 11.09.2012 | UK

The chief executive of G4S has said he still expects Locog to fulfil the £235m contract for Olympic security, despite the army having to step in to f...

Phone-Hacking Inquiries Could Take Three More Years And Cost £40m, Police Say

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 05.09.2012 | UK

Phone hacking investigations could last another three years, costing £40m and investigating 1,000 victims, Scotland Yard has confirmed - but just 13 ...

From Addiction to Recovery - Did Russell Brand Contradict Himself?

Jason Reed | Posted 16.10.2012 | UK Entertainment
Jason Reed

I had high hopes, no pun intended, as Russell Brand's usual display of eloquence is enough to draw people into the drugs debate.

Drug Dealers 'Laughing At The Law'

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 10.07.2012 | UK

Drug dealers across the world are laughing at the law as it simply increases their profits, a former police chief said on Tuesday. Tom Lloyd, t...

Keith Vaz Slams 'Appalling' Heathrow Queues Ahead Of Olympics

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 08.09.2012 | UK Politics

Damian Green must explain why half the immigration desks at Heathrow Airport were closed today despite long queues of passengers waiting to enter the ...