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May calls intelligence services 'true heroes'

Theresa May has called the UK's security and intelligence services "true heroes" amid fresh questions over the handling of the Islamic State extremist known as "Jihadi John".

Addressing the Conservative Party's Welsh conference, the Home Secretary issued an impassioned defence of the way they were addressing the danger posed by Islamist extremism and other threats.

Home Secretary Theresa May. Credit: Oli Scarff/PA Wire

"You might not see the work they do. You might not know the risks they take. You might not be told about the plots they stop," May said.

"But these remarkable men and women are true heroes. And they deserve the support and respect of every single one of us."

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May brands Farage's Paris comments 'irresponsible'

The Home Secretary has said comments by Ukip leader Nigel Farage about the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris were "irresponsible."

Mr Farage said the attack was the result of "having a fifth column" living in Western countries opposed to their ideals.

He told Channel 4 News:

There is a very strong argument that says that what happened in Paris today is a result - and we've seen it in London too - is a result I'm afraid of now having a fifth column living within these countries.

We've got people living in these countries, holding our passports, who hate us.

Luckily their numbers are very, very small but it does make one question the whole really gross attempt at encouraged division within society that we have had in the past few decades in the name of multiculturalism.

– Nigel Farage

Theresa May said it was "irresponsible to talk about a fifth column."

When asked about Ukip leader's comments, David Cameron said: "Today is not the day to make political remarks or arguments.

"Today is the day to stand four-square behind the French people."

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Alleged abuse survivors welcome new inquiry proposals

Dozens of survivors of alleged child abuse have welcomed moves by the Home Secretary which could see the panel investigating the claims disbanded and a more powerful body put in its place.

Home Secretary Theresa May. Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Theresa May wrote to the panel's members setting out her plan for the inquiry to be given statutory powers, including the ability to compel witnesses to give evidence.

The move has left members of the panel "devastated" that they could face being removed from the inquiry, but more than 60 victims and their representatives have backed a proposal which could see the investigation start again from scratch.

'Lone wolf' MP Norman Baker quits to focus on music

Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker has stepped down from his role as Home Office minister to spend more time on his band, his family and his constituents.

His fractious relationship with Home Secretary Theresa May also played a large part in his decision.

ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby reports:

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