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Cooper: Security services' hands were tied by May

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper claimed the security services' hands were tied for nearly five years by Mrs May's "wrong" decision to scrap powers to move terror suspects away from their extremist networks.

Relocation powers have been reintroduced by the coalition this year but Ms Cooper called for the security services to immediately brief the Intelligence and Security Committee on how the loss of the measures might have affected their work.

This would allow MPs to review whether the loss of relocation powers had led to more British jihadists travelling to Syria and Iraq and more radicalisation in the UK.

Cooper: Security services' hands were tied by May Credit: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

Ms May told BBC1's Andrew Marr Show:

I think [the security services'] hands have been tied I think by the Government. I think we should have had the control orders in place across this Parliament which we haven't had because they removed some of the powers, and I think that has caused them more problems.

It's taken them five years, five years of us arguing, five years of security experts arguing that this was the wrong approach.

And so I think that the fact that Theresa May could take the decision to remove those relocation powers against all that expert advice, against the arguments that were made in Parliament, I think was the wrong thing to do. We do need to know more about whether that has increased the risk as a result, about what difference it's made to some of these very serious cases.


Labour MP claims rape tweets show Ennis-Hill is right

Labour's shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper believes the rape tweets directed at Jessica Ennis-Hill prove why her stance on Ched Evans is so important.

Ennis-Hill received abusive tweets from trolls on Friday after making it clear she would remove her name from a stand at Sheffield United if the club offer the convicted rapist a contract.

The tweets directed at the Sheffield born Olympic Champion are currently being investigated by South Yorkshire police.

Cooper also urged the League One club to "recognise their responsibility to the local community" by resisting the temptation to offer Evans a professional deal.

Labour to 'look carefully' at PM's anti-terror proposals

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has said Labour would "look carefully" at any anti-terror proposals the Prime Minister brings forward.

"The Government should be introducing mandatory de-radicalisation programmes as a priority," Yvette Cooper said.

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper. Credit: PA/PA Wire

"Our border controls are simply not picking people up, and no new orders will change that. Only this week a suspect on bail managed to flee with his passport, reportedly to Syria, Cooper said."

“The Prime Minister would be well-advised to reinstate measures we know work, and we hope some of these changes will be in any proposed legislation.”

Yvette Cooper backs Ennis-Hill's stance on Ched Evans

Labour's shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has backed Jessica Ennis-Hill's promise to remove her name from a stand at Sheffield United's Brammall Lane stadium should the club re-sign the convicted rapist Ched Evans.

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".

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."

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