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Theresa May: We have a plan and that plan is working

The Home Secretary has hit back at Labour criticisms over foreign national criminals, saying the Government "have a plan and that plan is working"

Addressing MPs, She pointed to today's National Audit Office report, which said the number of removals of foreign national offenders (FNOs) had risen 12% in the last two years.

The report stated that this was "largely because of a change in the department's approach to deportation", Ms May added.

Theresa May hit back at accusations from Labour.

She also accused Labour themselves of failing to address the issue when in government, telling Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper:

This is a long-standing problem. Her party didn't face up to it when they were in power and [the report] also makes clear that, unlike the party opposite, we have a plan to deal with it and that plan is working.

– Theresa May

English footballer found dead in Norway

Morgan (pictured in red) was found dead on Tuesday. Credit: fkgjoviklyn.no

Norwegian second division side Gjovik-Lyn have announced that English midfielder Thomas Andrew Morgan was found dead late on Tuesday.

The 23 year-old, who joined the club in January following spells with various other Norwegian teams, went missing on Sunday after a night out.

He was found in the Hunnselva river near Oslo last night, although the cause of his death remains unclear.

A statement released on Gjovik-Lyn's official website read:

"Our beloved Thomas Andrew Morgan was found dead on Tuesday afternoon.

"In his time with us we knew Thomas not only as a great football player, but also as an exceptionally good man. We will miss your warm smile and everything you were to us."

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Labour: Theresa May 'faffing around' over border security

The Shadow Home Secretary has accused Theresa May of endangering the UK's border security by "faffing around" over co-operating with other European nations.

Yvette Cooper said the Government had delayed putting in place proper controls on foreign criminals by opting out of a shared European information system.

Yvette Cooper addressing MPs about foreign criminals.

She also rejected Ms May's contention that problems with deporting foreign criminals had beset successive governments, saying:

She has been Home Secretary for four and a half years, the system is still failing on her watch and fewer foreign criminals are beign deported than when she started.

The tough talk is simply not enough. When will she start putting up the real fight we need to get more and not fewer foreign criminals deported back home.

– Yvette Cooper

Italian police investigating Cannavaro for tax fraud

Cannvaro is being investigating by Italian finance police. Credit: PA

World Cup winning captain Fabio Cannavaro is being investigated by Italian finance police over alleged tax fraud.

The 41 year-old former defender lifted the World Cup for Italy in 2006, and worked as a pundit for ITV during the 2014 tournament in Brazil.

Police are thought to be investigating claims of wrongdoing relating to a luxury boat rental company he set up with his wife.

The Italian authorities confirmed on Wednesday they have seized approximately £712,000 worth of Cannavaro's assets.

PM: 'The buck stops with me' on foreign criminals

David Cameron has said the "buck stops with me" when it comes to the "difficult issue" of deporting foreign criminals.

The Prime Minister was responding to a report from the National Audit Office (NAO) that said one in six foreign offenders in the UK could not be traced by the authorities.

David Cameron responding to a question on foreign criminals.

He told MPs at Prime Minister's Questions that the NAO had highlighted the "obstacles" that human rights legislation presents when trying to deport foreign nationals.

Mr Cameron also pointed to changes the Government had made to improve the system, saying:

What you've seen from the Government is that we're now able to deport people first and they can appeal once they've gone back to their country of origin and we're reducing the number of appeal routes from 17 routes which were there under Labour to just four.

So, we're making progress, the buck stops with me but I wouldn't mind a bit of cross-party support for the actions we need to take.

– David Cameron

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Home Office 'to blame' for third of failed deportations

Home Office errors are to blame for at least a third of failed removals of foreign criminals, the National Audit Office (NAO) says.

In a report, the organisation found that one in six foreign criminals living in the UK have absconded.

Louise Bladen, director of the NAO, said legal restrictions and delays in the process were also to blame for the number of criminals going missing.

Ukip: Mike Read's Ukip Calypso 'just a bit of fun'

Ukip have hit out after Mike Read withdrew his 'Ukip Calypso' song from sale.

A party spokesman said the DJ had been the victim of the "'right on' media" and the song was "just a bit of fun".

This is Mike's song and it is obviously his decision what to do with it. We do think it is a shame that he has been treated so harshly by many in the 'right on' media, but we respect his decision. We thought it was just a bit of fun, as did thousands of people, evidenced by how well it has been selling.

Were it not for the synthetic outrage, the song would have generated a lot of money for charity, as profits were to be split with the Red Cross for their Ebola Outreach programme. It's a pity those so concerned with political correctness have trodden all over this."

– Ukip spokesman
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