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Child abuse investigators 'need more access to data'

Home Secretary Theresa May says Ceop can do their jobs better with more access to private data. Credit: Reuters

Britain's child sex abuse investigation body needs more access to phone and internet records so it can better investigate crimes, Theresa May has said.

The Home Secretary spoke ahead of reports the Government is due to pass emergency laws requiring phone companies to store text, call, and web use data.

Her comments came after it emerged the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) made fewer arrests last year than the previous year.


Probe into undercover police to focus on Met unit

A review of undercover policing announced by the Home Secretary will initially focus on the Metropolitan Police's Special Demonstration Squad, a top secret unit that operated for 40 years before being disbanded in 2008.

Home Secretary Theresa May has ordered a review into how undercover policing was conducted. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

It will also look at the activities of the National Public Order Intelligence Unit, which is not part of the Met but undertook similar tasks.

The investigation will look at a variety of issues, including what kind of undercover policing was undertaken, whether evidence relevant to criminal cases was kept secret and whether any convictions may be unsafe because undercover police activity was not revealed.

Theresa May: Passport demand highest for 12 years

Speaking in a debate on passport delays, the Home Secretary, Theresa May MP, told the House of Commons:

Her Majesty's Passport Office is dealing with the highest demand for passports for 12 years, while the surge in demand usually experienced during the summer months started much earlier in the year. As a result, a number of people are waiting too long for their passport applications to be processed.

– Theresa May MP, Home Secretary

Ms May was speaking in a Commons opposition day debate called by Labour, in which many MPs highlighted the plight of constituents experiencing passport delays.

Theresa May: Forced marriage 'cruel and unacceptable'

The Home Secretary has described forced marriage as "cruel and unacceptable" and said new laws will which come into effect today show the practice "will not be tolerated" in the UK.

In an exclusive blog for Good Morning Britain, Theresa May said laws were needed because the "scale of the problem is staggering".

We want to send a clear message that forced marriage is cruel and unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

The individual stories are heart-rending. In one tragic recent case, a 17 year woman was taken to Turkey – she thought she was going on holiday, but instead she was forced to marry.

She was a bright, ambitious young woman who planned to go to university to study law. But suddenly her life had become a total nightmare. The marriage was horrifying, with sexual, mental and physical abuse.

– Theresa May

Labour: May 'avoiding responsibility' for schools letter

Yvette Cooper says Theresa May and Michael Gove indulged in a "blame game".

Labour says Theresa May is still "failing to take responsibility" for the publication of a letter to colleague Michael Gove that appeared to accuse the Department for Education of failing to act over alleged extremist links in some Birmingham schools.

Following Ms May's statement to parliament today, shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said: “The Home Secretary claimed she did not authorise the release of her letter to Michael Gove accusing his department of a failure to act to the media or on the Home Office website.

"Yet time and again she refused to answer whether she wrote it in order to leak it, who did release it and why she left it on the website for three days," she added.

“Theresa May didn't write or send the letter until after Michael Gove briefed the Times. Are we really supposed to believe she didn't write it in order to leak it?," Ms Cooper said.


May 'ducked questions' on Gove letter, Labour MPs claim

Labour MPs have criticised Theresa May for "ducking" questions over who authorised the release of a letter she wrote to Michael Gove about alleged radicalisation in some Birmingham schools.

The Home Secretary told the House of Commons that she "did not authorise" the release of the letter but members of the opposition, including the shadow leader of the House of Commons Angela Eagle, complained she would not say who did.

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