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Home Secretary: Policing change needed 'urgently'

Home Secretary Theresa May has announced she will chair a new national monitoring group in response to one of the key recommendations made by the inspectors, to ensure every police force overhauls its approach to domestic violence.

"There needs to be action, and it needs to happen urgently," she told ITV News.

"What we see from this report is that the police have not been dealing with victims properly, they've not been dealing with domestic violence cases properly, and that needs to change," she added.

Over 1,600 witnesses respond to Hillsborough appeal

Over 1,600 people have responded to the Independent Police Complaints Commission's appeal for witnesses in the Hillsborough stadium tragedy in 1989, with 250 people who have never given accounts before.

Home Secretary Theresa May made the announcement as she gave MPs an update on on the ongoing investigations into the tragedy which left 96 Liverpool fans dead.

  • Over 1,600 people have responded to the IPCC's witness appeal which includes 250 people who have never given accounts before
  • The organisation has recovered around 2,500 police pocket notebooks which had not been made available to previous investigations
  • Around 400 witnesses have made requests to see their original statements
  • The IPCC has also conducted further analysis of the 242 police accounts which are believed to have been amended

Ms May said if the investigation uncovers criminal behaviour, including manslaughter through neglect, the Government would seek to lay charges and put people and organisations before the courts.


UN Refugee Agency welcomes Syria refuge programme

The UN Refugee Agency in the UK has welcomed the Government's plans to provide refuge to the "most vulnerable" Syrians.

In a statement to the House of Commons, Home Secretary Theresa May said the UK would not be signing up to a quota scheme because "we want to focus our assistance on the most vulnerable people".

UNHCR's Representative to the UK, Roland Schilling, said: "We welcome the announcement of the UK government to provide refuge to some of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees, in cooperation with UNHCR.

“This decision will help to provide much needed solutions for vulnerable Syrian refugees many of whom have been deeply traumatised and face immense hardship.

"It is also a concrete and important gesture of solidarity and burden sharing with the countries neighbouring Syria as they continue to bear the brunt of the refugee crisis."

Govt programme launched to help 'vulnerable' Syrians

Home Secretary Theresa May has outlined the Government's plan to help the most vulnerable Syrians find safety in the UK.

She told the House of Commons: "Our country has a proud tradition of providing protection to those in need. And where there are particularly difficult cases of vulnerable refugees, who are at grave risk, we are ready to look at those cases."

She added: "The Government will be launching a new programme to provide emergency sanctuary in the UK for displaced Syrians who are particularly vulnerable."


Home Secretary: Syrian refugee crisis is 'immense'

Home Secretary Theresa May has told the House of Commons the scale of the Syrian refugee crisis is "immense".

Home Secretary Theresa May addresses the Commons on the Syrian Refugee crisis.

She said: "The greatest contribution we can make is to work to end the conflict altogether, using UK diplomacy and our international influence to support the negotiations taking place in Geneva."

She added the the Government's goal was that of a "peaceful settlement" and that the £600m already given to the Syrian relief effort was the UK's largest ever response to a humanitarian crisis.

Home Secretary urged to ban Hungarian nationalist visit

Gabor Vona, chairman of Hungary's far-right Jobbik party, delivers a speech in Budapest last year. Credit: Reuters

The Home Secretary has been urged to stop an extreme Hungarian nationalist party from hosting a gathering in London this weekend.

London Assembly member Andrew Dismore has written to Theresa May demanding that Gabor Vona, the leader of the right-wing party Jobbik, is banned from holding the event.

Mr Vona has denied claims by campaign group Hope Not Hate that he is meeting members of Greece's Golden Dawn party - who have openly expressed admiration for Adolf Hitler - and the British National Party (BNP) on Sunday.

Earlier this month, BNP leader Nick Griffin told the Associated Press that his party was likely to forge an alliance with the two parties after the European Parliament elections in in May.

Govt: Labour have 'shameful' record on benefits

The Labour party have let the average working man down with their "shameful" policies on benefits, two senior Government ministers have said.

Home Secretary Theresa May and Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith accused Labour of a "shameful betrayal" of British workers, after employment figures showed how Brits in work fell by 413,000 in five years, while immigrants in UK jobs rose by 736,000.

For years Labour presided over a labour market where the number of foreign people in jobs rocketed to record levels - while thousands of British workers were left on the sidelines, facing the prospect of long-term unemployment.

– Theresa May and Iain Duncan Smith

Home Office: 'British citizenship is a privilege, not a right'

Home Secretary Theresa May now has more powers to strip jihadists fighting in Syria of their British nationality.
Home Secretary Theresa May now has more powers to strip jihadists fighting in Syria of their British nationality. Credit: Oli Scarff/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Home Office has increased its powers to strip jihadists fighting in Syria of their British nationality.

A statement on Sunday night said: "Citizenship is a privilege, not a right, and the Home Secretary will remove British citizenship from individuals where she feels it is conducive to the public good to do so."

Benjamin Ward, deputy director of Human Rights Watch Europe and Central Asia Division, said: "If there is a national security dimension to the stripping of citizenship and if that is something that would be known to the other country of nationality, then that would give rise to concern.

"It's obviously very important that in looking at these issues the Government complies with its human rights obligations."

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