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Amber Rudd urged to resign over immigrant removal targets

Labour calls on home secretary to quit after she admits existence of targets, having previously said her department did not set them Amber Rudd faced fresh calls to resign after admitting the Home Office set strict local targets for removing migrants who were in the UK illegally, having previously told MPs her department did not set targets. The home secretary ...

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Surge in knife and gun crime in England and Wales

Nearly 40,000 offences involve knife or sharp instrument, and homicides rise 15% to 688 Violent crime in England and Wales is rising at an accelerating pace, according to police figures showing a 22% increase in knife crime and 11% rise in gun crime. The figures for 2017 from the Office for National Statistics show overall crime has fallen owing in ...

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UK among the worst in western Europe for press freedom

Latest global ranking places Britain behind Uruguay, Samoa and Chile for restrictions on reporters The UK has one of the worst environments for press freedom in western Europe, according to a global ranking that places Britain below the likes of Uruguay, Samoa, and Chile for restrictions on reporters as they seek to hold power to account. Reporters Without Borders, which ...

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Jeremy Corbyn calls for Amber Rudd to resign over Windrush scandal

Labour leader lambasts Theresa May and ministers for failure to realise ‘hostile environment’ led to crisis Jeremy Corbyn has called for the home secretary, Amber Rudd, to resign over a “cruel and misdirected” immigration policy that the Labour leader said was responsible for the hardships faced by the Windrush generation. Using all of his time at prime minister’s questions to ...

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Special forces need to face scrutiny from parliament, say MPs

SAS and other elite units operate without democratic oversight – unlike MI5, MI6 and GCHQ Political pressure is building for the UK’s special forces to be subjected to parliamentary scrutiny for the first time – bringing them into line with rest of the military and the intelligence services. The SAS and other elite units that make up the UK’s special ...

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Home Secretary announces membership of new Taskforce to take action against violent crime

Home Secretary announces Serious Violence Taskforce membership, including local MPs and police leaders The Serious Violence Taskforce will work with the Government to design and deliver the Serious Violence Strategy Taskforce members, including the Mayor of London, will meet for the first time on Thursday Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, today announced a coalition of government ministers, cross-party MPs, police leaders, ...

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Rana Plaza was a man-made disaster: Rushanara Ali

Bangladesh-born British MP Rushanara Ali. Photo: Collected Five years after the Rana Plaza disaster, Bangladesh-born British MP Rushanara Ali has described what happened as “not an accident” but “a man-made disaster”. She was speaking at a panel debate at the Houses of Parliament focused on improvements for women workers in the fashion industry, five years on from Rana Plaza on ...

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Number of zero-hours contracts in UK rose by 100,000 in 2017 – ONS

Employment contracts without a minimum number of guaranteed hours increased to 1.8m The number of zero-hours contracts in use across the UK rose by about 100,000 last year, according to official figures. The Office for National Statistics, said the number of employment contracts without a minimum number of guaranteed hours increased to 1.8m in the year to November, up from ...

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Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to boy

Birth of William and Kate’s third child is announced to public by Kensington Palace with a tweet The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a boy. Kate and William’s third child was born at 11.01am at St Mary’s hospital, Paddington, central London. The baby weighed in at 8lb 7oz. Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered ...

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Pressure grows on May and Rudd over Windrush scandal

Sayeeda Warsi says fault with ‘hostile environment’ lies with policy itself not implementation Theresa May and her home secretary, Amber Rudd, have come under further pressure over the impact on the Windrush generation of the government’s immigration policy. The former cabinet minister Sayeeda Warsi made it clear it was the policy itself that was at fault, rather than the way ...

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