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Of course marijuana isn’t ‘safe’ – but should it be illegal?

13 October 2014 9:26

Sometimes I read things that really get on my wick, and last week was one of those times. A new, ‘definitive’ 20-year study has ‘demolished the argument that the drug… Continue reading

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The Home Office acts busy, hoping to avoid a ‘tide of public anger’

8 July 2014 14:12

Theresa May updated the Cabinet this morning on the inquiry she has launched into how public bodies have dealt with allegations of child abuse. The name of the inquiry panel… Continue reading

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Theresa May Speech On Organised Crime

Theresa May announces independent inquiry into child abuse allegations

7 July 2014 17:24

Theresa May has just given as comprehensive a response as possible to the allegations of child abuse in the Commons. Insisting the government will leave no stone unturned in pursuit… Continue reading

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The Snooper’s Charter is back – and Nick Clegg will kill it again

25 June 2014 11:38

That Theresa May is now making a last-ditch effort to revive the ‘Snooper’s Charter’ should come as no surprise to Coffee House readers: we reported in June 2013 that the… Continue reading

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Chairman Vaz’s passport checks

17 June 2014 17:28

Keith Vaz has a better nose for a story than a lot of journalists: this afternoon he’s organised Home Affairs Select Committee hearings on the passport backlog and on extremism… Continue reading

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Home Secretary Theresa May Speaks At The College of Policing Conference

May sends more staff to Passport Office

11 June 2014 11:50

She might not be worried enough to do anything more than a pooled clip to broadcasters, but Theresa May is clearly sufficiently concerned by the backlog in processing passports to… Continue reading

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Home Secretary Theresa May Speaks At The College of Policing Conference

Is Theresa May worried by passport backlog?

11 June 2014 8:24

Theresa May hardly needs another row this week after losing one of her special advisers as a result of last week’s bust-up. But the occupational hazard of running the Home… Continue reading

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David Cameron has let the extremism row go on – and Labour go on the attack

9 June 2014 12:50

Yvette Cooper has been granted an urgent question on the extremism row at 2.30 today in the Commons, focusing on the conduct of ministers within government. The Shadow Home Secretary… Continue reading

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Keith Vaz fixes his fire on the Police Federation

16 May 2014 9:07

The Police Federation is in the firing line this morning, and not before time. The federation sounds like something out of Rebus. The allegations of ‘endemic’ bullying and ‘cruel and… Continue reading

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Jeremy Browne: Some bosses are a bit ‘control freakish’

10 March 2014 13:33

What makes a good Secretary of State? Today Jeremy Browne was interviewed on the Daily Politics about what it’s like to be a junior minister, from his experience of working… Continue reading

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National Security Council Meeting In Response To The Situation In Ukraine

Number 10 tries to defend Brokenshire speech

10 March 2014 12:27

What fortunate timing it is that Home Office questions falls this afternoon, during the aftermath of one of the worst debut speeches a minister has managed in this Parliament. Doubtless… Continue reading

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Protesters at a pro-immigration rally in London.Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Five things you need to know about the ‘suppressed’ immigration report

6 March 2014 21:48

With a mere whimper, the government has released its controversial report (pdf) on the effects of immigration on ‘native UK employment’. Following Newsnight’s revelations that the report was being ‘held back’,… Continue reading

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Norman Baker

Norman Baker’s liberal input

12 February 2014 14:47

Norman Baker was dispatched to the Home Office at the last reshuffle in order to have a strong liberal voice in the department; it was felt that the Tories’ favourite… Continue reading

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Theresa May

May’s Brussels-blocking gesture to Tory right

10 December 2013 15:04

Why is Theresa May stalling on the publication of the Balance of Competences review? The Times is reporting that the Home Secretary feels the review underestimates the extent of benefit… Continue reading

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David Cameron talking to border officials. Image: Getty

Border Force ‘neglecting duties’ and ‘weakening’ security – MPs

10 December 2013 8:15

Is the Border Force fit for purpose? At one point it became a model for reform with ministers arguing that its performance had improved significantly since it was split from… Continue reading

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Trenton Oldfield is feeling the full force of the British state. Why? His transgressions were so minor.

The spite and vindictiveness of the British state

9 December 2013 12:06

Good luck to Trenton Oldfield, his wife Deepa Naik and their newborn baby today: it’s Oldfield’s day of judgement. He will find out if he is to be kicked out… Continue reading

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Theresa May in the Commons today

May sails through TPIMs statement with disapproving attack on Yvette Cooper

4 November 2013 16:45

Aside from having to explain her government’s policy on clothing that might be used as a disguise, Theresa May did pull it out of the bag, again, in that statement… Continue reading

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Sir Gerald Howarth asks Theresa May to ban the burka so it can’t be used as a disguise

4 November 2013 16:20

When the Prime Minister’s spokesman said this morning that ‘we will look at whether there are lessons that we can learn from’ the disappearance of Mohammed Ahmed Mohammed, what he… Continue reading

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Home Secretary Theresa May Speaks At The College of Policing Conference

Theresa May has taken the heat out of Home Office rows

4 November 2013 13:46

Theresa May will give a statement to the House of Commons this afternoon on the disappearance of terror suspect Mohammed Ahmed Mohammed. The Home Secretary has earned a formidable reputation… Continue reading

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The Labour Party Annual Conference

In areas of weakness, Labour can only complain that the government isn’t tough enough

22 October 2013 16:49

Much of the coverage of today’s Immigration Bill has centred around those controversial ‘go home’ vans, now ditched because they only sent one person home. Theresa May told the Commons… Continue reading

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van

Was Jeremy Browne shut out of the tight Home Office ship?

18 October 2013 8:50

There’s a lot of interest in Jeremy Browne’s revelation in the Times this morning that senior Tories have already been trying to persuade the sacked Lib Dem Home Office minister… Continue reading

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Those vans

The Home Office immigration vans – successful and popular with the nation?

13 August 2013 15:46

Are those Home Office vans targeting illegal immigrants universally disliked? The outcry from when the vans first took to the streets — notably #racistvan on Twitter — would suggest so… Continue reading

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The immigration van – success or failure?

27 July 2013 13:48

Everyone in SW1, it seems, has an opinion on this controversial scheme. Most people hate it. The general assumption is that this is a Tory stunt clothed as a government… Continue reading

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Theresa May Visit Hertfordshire After Results Show A Reduction In Crime In The UK

Theresa May’s stop and search review hits target

26 July 2013 16:45

One of the more significant – but still rather underreported – shifts in Conservative policy in the past few months has been Theresa May’s review of stop and search powers.… Continue reading

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Even a limited snooping bill is causing the Home Office trouble

3 June 2013 14:30

David Cameron is giving a statement in the Commons this afternoon on, among other things, the Woolwich killing. He may well find himself answering questions afterwards about whether the government… Continue reading

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