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May: Britain needs European arrest powers

Opting into the controversial European arrest warrant (EAW) will prevent Britain becoming a "honeypot" for European fugitives, the Home Secretary has said.

Opponents of the EAW cite concerns it is too easy for UK citizens to be extradited and some Conservative backbenchers have hinted at a revolt when the proposal comes to a vote in the Commons.

ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener reports:

Labour 'pleased' May backs European arrest warrant

Home Secretary Theresa May. Credit: PA

The shadow home secretary has pledging Labour's support in a promised Commons vote on opting back in to the European Arrest Warrant.

Yvette Cooper said she was "pleased" that the Home Secretary was supporting the measure as Labour believed it was needed to protect Britain's borders and public safety.

Failing to do so would "much harder to deport foreign criminals and would also make it more difficult for us to bring British citizens who have committed crimes back to our country to face justice", she said.

Former immigration minister Damian Green said it would be "really dangerous" if Britain failed to opt back in to the warrant:

We would be the country in Europe where all Europe's criminals and terrorists would be inclined to come, because not only would we not be able to get terrorists back from other countries as quickly as we can now ... but also rapists, murderers, child molesters and so on would think Britain is probably the place to go where you'd have most chance of not being convicted of crimes you committed in the rest of Europe.

– Damian Green on BBC's The Andrew Marr Show


Theresa May to launch new measures to tackle extremism

Home Secretary Theresa May will use her speech to the Tory party conference to set out a package of measures to tackle Islamist extremists.

Theresa May will speak at the Conservative Party conference today. Credit: PA

Under the plans, new "banning orders" would allow the authorities to outlaw extremist groups, even if they did not pose a terrorism threat.

Hate preachers could be targeted with "extremism disruption orders (EDOs)", which would allow the courts to restrict the movement and activities of individuals to prevent the risk of violence or public disorder.

The two new orders will be included in the Tory manifesto for the next election, but Mrs May will also set out a new cross-government strategy to tackle extremism.

May says perpetrators 'must be brought to justice'

The Home Secretary has said the perpetrators of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham "must be brought to justice".

Home Secretary Theresa May addresses the House of Commons. Credit: Pool

Theresa May told MPs that although it would not be appropriate to discuss ongoing investigations "in detail", there are a number of investigations underway "covering several hundred victims" in South Yorkshire.

May: Rotherham scandal 'complete dereliction of duty'

Home Secretary Theresa May has called the Rotherham scandal "a complete dereliction of duty".

Answering an urgent question in the House of Commons, May told MPs the report showed "the appalling failures of Rotherham Council and by the police and other agencies to protect vulnerable children."

"It makes for shocking reading," she added.


Theresa May: PCC Wright should 'heed' calls to resign

Home Secretary Theresa May has said that South Yorkshire Police Commissioner Shaun Wright should "heed" calls for him to resign.

She said it was not her job to "hire and fire police commissioners," but added that Mr Wright "has real questions to answer".

She said the report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham exposed "appalling failure by the council, by the police and other agencies".

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.

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