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Minister 'delighted' to confirm decision to ban Blanc

A Home Office Minister says she is "delighted" that Home Secretary Theresa May has banned controversial 'pick-up artist' Julien Blanc from UK shores.

Crime Prevention Minister Lynne Featherstone had lobbied Ms May to deny Blanc a visa, amid an online campaign which attracted the support of more than 150,000 people.

Confirming the decision today, she said:

Julien Blanc's presence in the UK could have led to an increase in sexual violence and harassment.

I am delighted that Mr Blanc won't be coming to our shores.

– Lynne Featherstone, Crime Prevention Minister

Blanc had already been forced to leave Australia early, and a similar petition to ban him from Canada was signed by almost 75,000 people.

Controversial Julien Blanc 'denied visa' to UK

Controversial self-styled 'pick-up artist' Julien Blanc has reportedly been denied entry to the UK after a campaign to refuse him a visa attracted more than 150,000 signatures.

Blanc hit the headlines for his derogatory posts about women, promoting violence, intimidation and "just grabbing" them as ways of getting them into bed.

Julien Blanc Credit: pimpingmygame.com

The Home Office refused to confirm the reports, saying it would not comment on individual cases.

The Home Secretary has the power to exclude an individual if she considers that his or her presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good or if their exclusion is justified on public policy grounds.

It is longstanding practice that we do not comment on individual exclusion cases unless they are made public by the excluded individual.

– Home Office spokesman

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said of his Lib Dem colleague Ms Featherstone: "Very pleased that (she) pushed for Julien Blanc to be denied entry to the UK."

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Home Office to form inquiry panel to look at child abuse

The Home Office has said it is to establish an "independent inquiry panel" to look at whether public bodies are doing enough to protect children from sexual exploitation.

Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker said:

The failings in Rotherham exposed by this inquiry are appalling and the coalition government is absolutely clear that the lessons of past failures must be learned.

That is why we are establishing an independent inquiry panel of experts in the law and child protection to consider whether public bodies – and other non-state institutions – have taken seriously their duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse.

The government has also set up a Home Office led National Group, through which agencies are working together to better identify those at risk and create a more victim-focused culture within the police, health and children's services.

We will continue to work to ensure victims are not left to suffer in silence and those who exploit them are brought to justice.

– Norman Baker, Crime Prevention Minister

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Home Office warns drivers over stowaways

The Home Office said tonight that 13 people found in a lorry in Kent, whose nationalities have yet to be confirmed, will be questioned later.

Officials had this warning for lorry drivers entering the UK:

Drivers and hauliers must take adequate steps to secure their vehicles from illegal immigrants trying to smuggle themselves across the border.

If a driver does not take these steps - and is found with people hiding in their vehicle - they will be issued with a civil penalty.

– home office spokesman

Home Office 'providing support' after Tilbury docks find

The 34 people found alive in a shipping container at Tilbury docks are in the care of the Home Office after being interviewed by police and are in the process of applying for asylum in the UK.

"We are continuing to provide expert support, along with the National Crime Agency, to the Essex Police investigation into the discovery," a Home Office spokesperson said.

The 34 people found alive in a shipping container in Tilbury docks on Saturday are now in the process of claiming asylum in the UK. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

"This tragic incident is a reminder of the devastating human consequences of illegal migration and we will do all we can to help bring those responsible to justice," they added.

The Home Office does not comment on individual cases and any decision made will not be announced publicly.

May: We will 'look carefully' at tribunal decision

Home Secretary Theresa May said the government would look carefully at an Arbitration Tribunal's decision to award a £224 million pay out to US defence firm Raytheon.

The government will 'look carefully' at the tribunal's decision. Credit: PA

In a letter to the MP Keith Vaz, she said: "The Government stands by the decision to end the eBorders contract with Raytheon. This decision was, and remains, the most appropriate action to address the well-documented issues with the delivery and management of the programme."

She added: "We are looking carefully at the tribunal's detailed conclusions to see if there are any grounds for challenging the award."

The Home Secretary said key milestones had been missed by Raytheon in 2010 and parts of the programme were running at least a year late.

"The situation the Government inherited was, therefore, a mess with no attractive options," she said. "All other alternatives available to the Government would have led to greater costs than the result of this tribunal ruling."

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