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Vaz urges Home Office to reconsider 'cruel' deportation

Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee Keith Vaz has written to Home Secretary Theresa May asking her to urgently reconsider the decision to deport Yashika Bageerathi.

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Chair of Home Aff cttee @keithvazmp writes to Home Sec asks her to urgently reconsider decision to deport Yashika Bageerathi. Calls it cruel

Listen: A-level student Yashika Bageerathi makes emotional plea to Home Office to stay in the UK

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'Essential' trust between police and public is restored

The Police Federation needs to implement a raft of recommendations put forward by an independent review if they are restore public faith in the police, Labour MP Keith Vaz told Daybreak.

Mr Vaz said it was "essential" trust between the federation and the public was restored.

However, he empathised with members of the public who felt let down by the police as he expressed some dismay that the "only people not to apologise" for "Plebgate" were the Police Federation.

Read: Police Federation to be told to make sweeping changes

Keith Vaz MP greets Romanians off plane at Luton

Romanians landing at Luton Airport were greeted by Home Affairs Select Committee chairman Keith Vaz on the first day of new rules allowing the migrants to work in the UK.

He said he saw no evidence of migrants who have "rushed out and bought tickets" because of the lifting of regulations.

Keith Vaz MP (second from L) greets a Romanian passenger at Luton Airport
Keith Vaz MP (second from L) greets a Romanian passenger at Luton Airport Credit: ITV News

He said that most of the people he met already work in the UK and were "coming back after a holiday".

But he also criticised the government for a "lack of robust estimates" of the number of Romanians and Bulgarians expected to arrive in the UK.

Read: UK firms advertise nearly 5,000 jobs on Romanian site

1.5 million patients 'are addicted to prescription drugs'

There are currently 1.5 million people addicted to prescription drugs in the UK. The abuse of these types of substances is taking place in the shadows and its extent is still unquantified.

Local GPs need to report their suspicions and collate information to illuminate this problem.

– Keith Vaz MP, Committee chair

Lack of action would lead to "catastrophic consequences", Mr Vaz said.

The committee cited work by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Involuntary Tranquilliser Addiction which estimates that 1.5 million people are addicted to these type of drugs, far higher than those who are in treatment for addiction to illegal drugs.

Vaz: Today a 'big opportunity' for plebgate officers

Today is a "big opportunity" for two officers involved in the plebgate row to set the record straight, according to the chairman of the home affairs select committee Keith Vaz.

Detective Sergeant Stuart Hinton and Sergeant Chris Jones will appear before the committee for the second time in as many weeks, after the committee found their evidence to be "misleading".

Keith Vaz, chairman of the Select Committee, said today represents a 'big opportunity' for the plebgate officers. Credit: PA Wire

Mr Vaz told BBC Breakfast: "I'm sorry to say that in a number of respects they have given evidence that was not strictly accurate, so this is their big opportunity today to come before the committee and to explain why that happened and to correct the record."

The chairman admitted he was frustrated with the time and cost of the inquiry: "I think we're getting near the end but I share your frustration and that of the viewers that this has taken so long and cost so much money - almost a third of a million pounds - and involved so many police officers."

The MP concluded that it was in the best interests of the taxpayer, Andrew Mitchell and the police officers involved that the saga be brought to a close.

Read: Plebgate officers set to be hauled before MPs

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19 clients of rogue private eyes to be investigated

A total of 19 clients of rogue private eyes will be investigated for illegal activity, the data watchdog has confirmed.

In a letter to Keith Vaz MP, Information Commissioner Christopher Graham said 125 victims were believed to be affected by the companies and individuals under criminal investigation for data protection breaches.

Read more: The firms that hired rogue private investigators

MPs had threatened to release a full list of 102 of those involved if action was not taken.

Rogue detective clients list stays secret

A list of clients of rogue private detectives will not be published by MPs "for the time being" after the data watchdog intervened.

Information Commissioner Christopher Graham urged the Home Affairs Select Committee not to publish a list of 102 organisations and individuals who used rogue investigators while his office conducted its own investigation.

Keith Vaz previously called for the 102 firms and individuals on the list to be revealed. Credit: PA Wire

Committee chairman Keith Vaz MP said: "The Information Commissioner has given the committee an explicit commitment that he will pursue this matter to its appropriate end and that the victims will receive justice."

Vaz said Graham would appear before the Committee after his "scoping exercise" so that MPs could assess whether the investigation "fulfils all that is required".

Read: SOCA rogue detective list row

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