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Labour 'would scrap PCCs to fund halt of refuge closures'

Labour would reverse cuts to the police planned for next year if it wins power in May, shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has said.

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper addresses delegates on the last day of the Labour Party conference in Manchester. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The party would also scrap police and crime commissioners (PCC) to pay to protect women's refuges.

In every part of the country refuges and services for women and children suffering from domestic violence are being closed due to the callous attitude of this Government.

Theresa May's failure to act means victims are being left with no support and being abandoned.

Refuges provide vital support for women and children. Local specialist services that have a track record of successfully helping women and children need our support and that's what we will do.

– Yvette Cooper

Yvette Cooper joins calls for Shaun Wright to resign

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has said that South Yorkshire Police Commissioner Shaun Wright ought to stand down, but stressed that reforms were needed too:

1,400 hundred children have been abused, the authorities let them down, that's why the leader of the council was right to resign, and why the Police and Crime Commissioner should also do so.

But this is not just about Rotherham. It's also about Oxfordshire, Rochdale, Jimmy Savile: too many cases where children aren't being listened to and reforms are needed.

– yvette cooper. shadow home secretary

She also called for the "child abuse inquiry to start urgently".

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Yvette Cooper: Labour 'would boost victims' rights'

Rape cases that are dropped by the police would be reviewed under Labour plans to boost the rights of victims, Yvette Cooper will say.

The shadow home secretary will pledge to give victims a "strong voice" and warn the low rate of allegations being pursued is "shameful".

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper Credit: PA

In a speech to the Fabian Society, she will insist Labour is focusing on reforms that give more power to individuals and communities but stand ready to make tough decisions about making savings.

"Just as in the criminal justice system, across our public services, ministers are driving fragmentation, reorganisation and competition just at a time when local services need to collaborate more to deliver better services and save money too", she is expected to say.

Parents and schools need 'confidence in vetting system'

Parents, schools, sports clubs and other organisations caring for young children need to have "confidence in the vetting and barring system" so they know employees pose no threat to youngsters, the Shadow Home Secretary has said.

Yvette Cooper hit out at Home Secretary Theresa May who she claimed was "warned repeatedly" that changes she made to vetting and barring laws "left major loopholes in the system".

Parents want to know that if someone has committed serious abuse against children or has a history of grooming or sexual abuse, they will not be allowed to work with children.

And schools, sports organisations and other groups need to be able to have confidence in the vetting and barring system.

Child protection is immensely important and it must not be put at risk because of faulty legislation or failures in the Home Office system.

– Yvette Cooper

Labour: Govt 'must not bury its head in the sand'

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper will warn the Government it must not "bury its head in the sand" as she calls for reforms to keep up with ever-evolving cyber-crime.

In a speech to the Demos think tank, Ms Cooper will call for a new national strategy for tackling online fraud, tougher action to tackle online child pornography and an overhaul of parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee, which keeps a check on the work of the intelligence agencies.

Yvette Cooper will warn the Government it must not'bury its head in the sand' on cyber-crime. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

"The oversight and legal frameworks are now out of date. That means we need major reforms to oversight and a thorough review of the legal framework to keep up with changing technology," she is expected to say.

"Above all we need the Government to engage in a serious public debate about these new challenges and the reforms that are needed."

Labour seeks cyber-crime crackdown

Labour wants new powers for police and security services to crackdown on cyber-crimes such as child pornography and terrorism, but only with extra checks on how crime agencies are using sensitive data, the shadow home secretary is set to say.

Technological developments have sparked a wave of new types of crime and a 30% hike in recorded online fraud is just the "tip of the iceberg", Yvette Cooper will warn.

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper is set to make a speech later today. Credit: Press Association

But fears about abuse of information in the wake of leaks by ex-US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, which revealed widespread spying by Government listening post GCHQ, means new safeguards are needed to protect privacy.

Much stricter controls over access to private data must be introduced to give the public confidence amid fears about the way information can currently be accessed and used, she is expected to say.

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Labour slams 'car crash' immigration bill

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has slammed the Government's immigration bill as a "car crash", accusing David Cameron and Theresa May of being scared of their own backbenchers.

Ms Cooper, who said she sympathised with the amendment, said ministers "sat on their hands" instead of voting against Mr Raab's amendment because they were worried about their backbenchers.

Yvette Cooper has slammed the Government's immigration bill as a 'car crash'.

The Labour MP accused the Home Secretary of acting in the interests of the Conservative Party rather than in the interests of the country and suggested she had lost control of her own policy.

"I have to say the Immigration Bill has been a complete car crash for the Home Secretary. She and the Prime Minister launched this as their flagship Bill," Ms Cooper said.

"This was the pride and joy of their legislation and yet they have been hiding it away for months. We have had months when the Immigration Bill was nowhere to be seen, when they wouldn't bring it back because they were so scared of their own backbenchers."

Syria decision shows 'compassion has won through'

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has said that the government's decision to offer refuge to some Syrian refugees showed that "compassion and common sense have won through".

The Labour politician said the coalition has "completely changed their position since seven days ago":

Yvette Cooper: Twitter must get their act together

The shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has said Twitter "must get their act together" after football pundit Stan Collymore complained the site should do more to tackle abusive tweets:

'Plebgate' PC's actions 'risks casting shadow over police'

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said the actions of PC Keith Wallis, who has pleaded guilty to misconduct in public office in relation to the "plebgate" affair, risks "casting a shadow over the excellent work police officers do day in, day out".

For a police officer to make up evidence in any case is an extremely serious offence which jeopardises justice and undermines confidence in the important work police do. Police officers uphold the law, and their evidence must be trusted in court.

Democracy depends on the idea that everyone can rely on the police to treat them with honesty and fairness, without fear or favour - from Cabinet ministers to teenagers in the street or victims of crime.

So it is of great concern when those we trust fall below the standards the police and the public expect.

Andrew Mitchell has had to wait far too long for the results of all these investigations. The remaining misconduct inquiries must be pursued swiftly.

– Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper
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