Carl Dinnen

Political Correspondent

Carl joined ITV News in 2012 as a Political Correspondent. He has previously worked at Channel 4 News.

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Home Secretary steps into sensitive waters over 'extremism'

Home Secretary Theresa May is in difficult territory with the new counter-terrorism policy unveiled today.

We have heard how girls from moderate Muslim families in East London seem to have become radicalised to travel on to Syria and that is the sort of activity that Theresa May is trying to bring in these measures to intercept. She is trying to do deal with things that stop short of terrorism, but fall under the term extremism and that is always going to be a matter of definition.

Now May has really upset some quite moderate Muslim groups with some of the things she has been proposing. Some of them are perplexed with what Sharia Law has to do with this so these are very deep and sensitive waters into which she is stepping.

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Why Labour say Free Schools are 'wrong thing to do'

Labour say more primary school places are needed. Credit: PA

If the Tories don't get elected the 49 Free Schools announced today would still be allowed to go ahead.

But the 500 Free Schools pledged by David Cameron, opposed by Labour, would be stopped.

That doesn't mean that parents wouldn't be able to set up their own schools.

They would be governed slightly differently and be called parent-led academies.

Labour want to establish local directors of school standards and they would decide whether or not new schools were needed.

According to Labour, there is a shortage, particularly of primary school places, which the Free Schools programme, which sets up secondary schools, is not really addressing.

But they are not entirely opposed to many of the ideas underlying Free Schools.

What this about really, is a time of very scarce resources for education. Labour believe that Free Schools are sucking resources out of opportunities for primary schools to be set up in areas where they are needed, and that is why they are the wrong thing to do.

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Survivors feel betrayed all over again by chaotic inquiry

I have been shown a letter by a victim who approached the inquiry willing to give evidence is strict confidence back in October.

She heard nothing then until this month when she suddenly got a letter from the police, who had been passed her details.

She was horrified by this - her alleged abuser was a family member and she did not want the police involved.

The inquiry say it is their policy, and it says on their website, that they will inform the police if they are told of a crime.

What this amounts to is a group of survivors who have been abused, who feel they have been very let down by the authorities in the past and who see the chaos around this inquiry and feel betrayed all over again.

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The sound track to the General Election

The sound track to the General Election Credit: Dan Kitwood/PA Wire

In case you wondered, this is what the General Election will sound like....

  • Conservatives; only we can protect the Economy.
  • Labour; only we can protect the NHS.
  • Liberal Democrats; only we can protect you from those two.
  • UKIP; only we can protect you from Europe.
  • SNP; only we can protect Scotland.
  • Greens; only we can protect the Environment.

The exciting thing is that no one, but no one, quite knows what the British electorate most wants protected, and we won't find out until the 8th of May.

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