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Theresa May: Police 'still won't be able to trace everybody'

Forcing internet firms to hand over information on IP addresses is "a step forward" in the battle against terrorists and paedophiles online, the Home Secretary has said.

However, Theresa May told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show that police would "still not be able to identify everybody who is accessing illegal content on the net".

She said in order to identify everyone, police would need access to the kind of communications data that she had originally planned to include in the Communications Data Bill - legislation that was blocked by Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg last year.

Iran nuclear deal 'impossible' as deadline looms

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L), Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (R) and EU envoy Catherine Ashton ahead of yesterday's talks. Credit: Reuters

A comprehensive deal to resolve the stand-off over Iran's nuclear ambitions will be "impossible" to achieve before tomorrow's deadlines, the country has reportedly said.

"Considering the short time left until the deadline and number of issues that needed to be discussed and resolved, it is impossible to reach a final and comprehensive deal by Nov 24," the Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA) quoted an unnamed member of Iran's negotiating team in Vienna as saying.

The source was also quoted as saying that that an extension was one option that would be discussed if no deal was reached.

The United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China began a final round of talks with Iran on Tuesday, with hopes of acheiving an agreement in which Tehran would curb its nuclear work in exchange for the lifting of sanctions.


Theresa May: Terror threats have become more diverse

Theresa May appearing on the Andrew Marr Show. Credit: BBC/Andrew Marr Show

The Home Secretary has warned that the UK faces "more diverse" terror threats than previously, with both groups and individuals potentially planning attacks.

Theresa May told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show that many of the groups were "self-starting" and not affiliated to bigger organisations such as al-Qaeda.

There was a time when people were looking at perhaps just al-Qaeda-related threats that were a long time in the planning. Now the threat is more diverse in terms of the number of groups out there who will be looking to carry out attacks in the West.

It's also more diverse in that not everybody's affiliated to a particular group, some are self-starting groups and you do have individuals, perhaps the 'lone wolves' or the volatile individuals, so we have to look across the board at all sorts of threats that are out there.

– Theresa May

Met chief: Police have foiled four or five terror plots in 2014

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe speaking this morning. Credit: BBC/Andrew Marr Show

The head of the Metropolitan Police has said the police have foiled "four or five" terror plots so far this year - a marked increase on the number in recent years.

Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show:

We've said on average over the last few years it's been about one a year but this year alone we think four or five and over the last few months again, you'll have seen in the press, we've made some significant arrests which have all been followed by charges.

We've seen a change to the momentum, I've said in the past that we've seen a change to the drumbeat, we've seen a change to the frequency and the seriousness of the types of plots that we're looking at.

– Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe

Call to reverse 'unacceptable' mental health cuts

Mental health services are facing "unprecedented demand" despite losing thousands of nurses and beds under the coalition government, the Royal College of Nursing has warned.

Mental health services are facing Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Dr Peter Carter, chief executive of the nurses' union, said there are 3,300 fewer posts in mental health nursing and 1,500 fewer beds than there were in 2010.

Speaking to the BBC, Dr Carter urged the government to take action "now" to mitigate the "unacceptable" cuts, warning that reduced services were a "false economy" as "admitting people to hospital means they stay in longer and cost more".

Economically it's bad, but also clinically and psychologically it's bad, because people have to wait until they are very ill before they get admitted - that can't be in anyone's interests.

– Dr Peter Carter, chief executive, Royal College of Nursing

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg recently announced a fresh injection of £40 million this year and £80 million next year to improve mental health services.


Lammy: Labour 'culturally adrift' from working people

The Labour party is "culturally adrift" from its traditional core voters, a former minister has warned in the wake of a row over alleged snobbery.

David Lammy (right) with Ed Miliband in 2010. Credit: Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment

London mayoral hopeful David Lammy said politicians from "liberal, professional backgrounds" were finding it hard to identify with ordinary working people.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Lammy said a heavily-criticised tweet by then shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry was merely a symptom of the party's problems.

"The Labour Party feels culturally adrift, not just from large parts of Britain, but from its own traditional working class base," he wrote.

Large parts of the country feel that Labour not only disagrees with them, they think we disapprove of them too.

A sense of mutual disdain between the mainstream parties and working class England is driving voters away from politics, or towards so-called 'anti-politics' parties such as Ukip.

– David Lammy MP, writing in the Mail on Sunday

Coca-Cola criticises 'disappointing' Fifa World Cup report

Coca-Cola have hit out at Fifa over the handling of a controversial report into how the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments were awarded.

Ethics investigator Michael Garcia disagreed with the conclusions reached by German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, whose report exonerated the bids made by Qatar and Russia for the respective tournaments.

Coca-Cola hit out over the World Cup report. Credit: Reuters

The drinks company, which is one of Fifa's longest-standing and biggest sponsors, issued a statement criticising the furore:

Anything that detracts from the mission and ideals of the Fifa World Cup is a concern to us. The current conflicting perspectives regarding the investigation are disappointing. Our expectation is that this will be resolved quickly in a transparent and efficient manner.

– Coca-Cola spokesman

Labour: Government doing too little on existing abuse laws

Labour have welcomed reports that the Government is planning to criminalise emotional abuse.

But Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper claimed the number of domestic violence cases being prosecuted under current laws was falling.

We have called for Theresa May to strengthen the law on domestic violence for some time, so I hope these suggested measures make a difference.

However, the government is still doing too little to enforce the present law, where the proportion of domestic violence cases reaching prosecution or conviction is falling, even though reported cases are going up. under Theresa May domestic violence courts and refuges are closing and specialist domestic violence police officers are being cut.

Unfortunately despite the measures being briefed today, under Theresa May the clock is being turned back on violence against women.

– Theresa May
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