Home Secretary

Downing Street Urges Public To Stand Up To Brexit Hate Crimes

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Politics

Downing Street has urged the public to stand up to hate crime after the UK’s equalities chief warned a surge in violence could be sparked by trigger...

The Cost Of A Brexit Crackdown On Foreign Student Numbers In Britain Is Staggering

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Britain could lose up to £2 billion a year if the government takes a tougher stance on international student numbers after the UK leaves the EU, new ...

Triggering Article 50 Could Be 'A Flashpoint' For Hate Crime, Polish Community Leader Warns

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Politics

A “wave” of hate crimes against European migrants could follow the start of Britain’s exit from the EU, a Polish community leader has warned. Tr...

Stalkers To Face 10 Year Jail Sentences After Govt U-Turn

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Politics

Stalkers are to face a new maximum jail sentence of 10 years after ministers caved to pressure from a cross-party campaign to increase protection for ...

The Tory Foreign Worker Transparency Plan Makes Sense - And Could Reduce Racism

Colin Cortbus | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Colin Cortbus

This week's Conservative Party plan to make some companies disclose how many foreign workers they employ may be controversial. But is a positive step forward for transparency, and could take the wind out of the sails of those peddling racist myths about immigration.

A Six-Year Nightmare for Policing and Borders, And Now the Top Job? An Open Letter to Theresa May

Chris Hobbs | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Hobbs

Explain why, Home Secretary, that when you make your constant references to police transgressions, you don't balance this by referring to the fact that the number of officers involved are but an infinitesimal speck when set against the tens of thousands of officers who have served or are serving since the 1980s?

Denigrated and Vilified By Their Own Government, British Police Brace Themselves Post-Paris

Chris Hobbs | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Hobbs

In London the simple fact is that the armed police 'jam' does not cover the slice of bread that is one of the world's major cities and does not even begin to lightly smear much of the loaf that is the UK. Meanwhile, the increase announced by the government in the numbers of MI5, MI6 and GCHQ officers together with increased funding is a bittersweet pill for struggling police officers on the front line to swallow...

Changing the Policing Landscape

Vera Baird QC | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Vera Baird QC

Policing is at the heart of all communities, it creates safety and promotes confidence. However, the landscape on which policing in England and Wales is carried out has changed dramatically in recent years.

Enough Is Enough! A Pre-Police Federation Conference Letter to Theresa May

Chris Hobbs | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Hobbs

Officers hope that your speech will be rather more conciliatory on this occasion and perhaps you might even address the question of low police morale. You remember this subject Home Secretary for when you appeared on the pre-election BBC News Channel programme with the other party home affairs spokespersons, Andrew Neil put this issue to you on three occasions and each time you failed to answer. You may of course dispute there is a police morale problem but independent surveys together with those of individual police forces show that this is a major issue. Even the Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackay, admitted morale is, and I quote, 'not good.' We await your proposals to boost morale with interest.

Protecting Communities Against Further Tory Cuts

Vera Baird QC | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Politics
Vera Baird QC

The sworn duties of a constable under the Crown, require them to be responsible for the protection of life and property, maintenance of order, prevention and detection of crime and prosecution of offenders against the peace. We need therefore to make clear that when the Tories suggest that crime is diminishing and police are less needed, it is untrue.

Theresa May's Attempts To Explain Right To Buy Like A 'Dog's Dinner'

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Politics

As the nation argues over the new Right To Buy policy announced by the Conservatives today, Theresa May’s attempt at explaining how exactly the syst...

The Number Of Children Being Tasered By Police Is Very Troubling...

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK

The man who put stun guns in the hands of British police has called for their use to be questioned following the release of new statistics. Former ...

Disillusioned, Embittered but Not Afraid: The UK's Thinning Blue Line Brace Themselves for Armageddon.

Chris Hobbs | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK
Chris Hobbs

There is little doubt, as has been made abundantly clear by the head of MI5 Andrew Parker, that the UK will suffer terrorist attacks in the future. The major difference however is that unlike France, terrorists in the UK will be faced by a largely unarmed police force which, in many parts of the country, could pose serious problems.

Theresa May and Front Line Police; An Irreparable Breakdown

Chris Hobbs | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Hobbs

The revelation by the Police Federation that the morale of rank and file officers was at its lowest ever level will as no surprise to those struggling to maintain an effective police service in urban and rural areas throughout the UK.

How Not to Terminate an IT Contract

Andrew Tibber | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Tibber

The Government had terminated the £750 million contract in 2010 on the grounds that Raytheon was allegedly in material default of its contractual obligations, a termination which Raytheon disputed as unlawful and led to a claim by the US company for over £500 million in arbitration proceedings.

What Theresa May Must Learn From the Butler-Sloss Mistake

Ben Moore | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Moore

On the 14th of July 2014 Home Secretary Theresa May sat before a House of Commons select committee to answer questions about the recently announced en...

Mehdi Hasan

'Neil Kinnock Had Far More Qualities Than Ed Miliband As A Leader'

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Politics

Charles Clarke is running late for our interview. "I'll be there in three minutes," reads his text to me. Eight years after being sacked from the gove...

The Missing Surveillance Debate: How Mistrust Undermines Our Civil Liberties

Louis Reynolds | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK Politics
Louis Reynolds

Last week the Home Secretary once again advanced the argument for granting the intelligence services new powers, reigniting the debate over the proper limits of state surveillance. It's a familiar contest made more important by the legacy of the Snowdon intelligence leaks, and more urgent by recent events Iraq.

Enough Action Plans and Statements of Intent on Domestic Violence - It Is Time to Do Something

Helen Jones | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Politics
Helen Jones

We know that domestic violence is one of the major threats to women's health and well-being. Women between 15-44 are more at risk from domestic violence than they are from cancer. Two women a week are killed by a partner or ex-partner. Yet while reports of domestic violence have risen under this government, 13% fewer cases are being passed by the police to the Crown Prosecution Service for decisions on charging.

We Cannot Go Back to a Time When Victims Were Ignored and Violence Against Women Dismissed

Helen Jones | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Politics
Helen Jones

Imagine a world where two women a week are killed by their partners or former partners. A world where women are more at risk from domestic violence than from cancer, where every nine minutes a woman is raped. You don't have to imagine, for this is our world.

This Government Only Gives Promises on Immigration, and Little Else

David Hanson | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK Politics
David Hanson

Theresa May is all over the place on EU migration. On Sunday she said one thing, Monday something else entirely. Nick Clegg has weighed into a phoney war about it too. But the result is there is now total confusion and a massive gap between government rhetoric and reality which just undermine's public trust.

Judge 'Astounded' By Home Secretary Human Rights Comments

PA | Posted 04.12.2013 | UK

A former lord chief justice has called for a change in the Human Rights Act to make it clear that British courts are not obliged to follow the rulings...

As Straw Struggles, the Conservatives Concede - A Balance Must Be Found for the UK's Immigration Policy

Sarosh Zaiwalla | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sarosh Zaiwalla

While Jack Straw may feel this was a policy blunder from his party, I do not believe this to be such a clear cut issue. It has been shown on countless occasions that immigrants coming to the UK bring a tangible profitable contribution to the economy.

Foreign Sex Offender Wins Human Rights Appeal

PA | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK

A foreign criminal jailed for a serious sex offence against a schoolgirl has won the right to damages for a breach of his human rights after the Court...

The Questions the Home Secretary Must Answer on TPIM Failures

Diana Johnson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Diana Johnson

This week Theresa May was forced to come to the Commons and tell MPs that suspected terrorist Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed had absconded from his TPIM order, his whereabouts now unknown. When asked any questions about this though it is not answers the Home Secretary provides but many many more questions get raised.