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Theresa May has staunchly defended her appointment of Baroness Butler-Sloss as chair of the wide-ranging inquiry into historic allegations of child sex abuse. The Home Secretary appeared before the Home Affairs Committee following the r... Continue to article
Keith Vaz said the appointment of the head of the inquiry into alleged child abuse had been rushed but that there was “no question” over Baroness Butler-Sloss’s integrity. “There is no question over her integrity. She is clearly a jud... Continue to article
Downing Street said it was for individual employers to consider how to respond to the NUT's strike. The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman said: "There is still the opportunity for the strikes not to go ahead, so that's the first thing ... Continue to article
The Home Office does not know who authorised the destruction or removal of files relating to child sex abuse claims, the department's top official has confirmed. In a heated round of questioning at the Home Affairs Select Committee, Mark... Continue to article
Keith Vaz said the Home Affairs Committee would question Mark Sedwill, the Home Office permanent secretary who is currently investigating the whereabouts of missing files on alleged child sex abuse in Westminster, on the “process and the ti... Continue to article
Keith Vaz confirmed that he had spoken to Labour MP Simon Rochdale prior to the Rochdale member's appearance before a Home Affairs committee hearing on child abuse. "I always speak to Members of Parliament who are called to give evidence... Continue to article
Home Affairs c'ttee chair Keith Vaz says will "always speak to MPs called to give evidence" to remind them of "issues of privilege" #wato
Simon Danczuk said he would have named a parliamentarian who had historical allegations of child abuse made against him, if the Home Affairs Committee had asked him when he appeared before it last week. “It’s not strictly true that we... Continue to article
Keith Vaz said the loss of 114 files by the Home Office, relating to historic allegations of child abuse in Westminster, had been on an “industrial scale” and called for a quick resolution. “What is a huge surprise is that it is 114 fi... Continue to article
Keith Vaz confirmed the Home Affairs Select Committee is not looking to speak to the former home secretary Lord Brittan in relation to the missing dossier alleging paedophile activity in Westminster. Mr Vaz said he will be writing to Ma... Continue to article
The Government does not have a firm estimate of how many Britons are fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Home Office minister has indicated. In a Commons debate on terrorism, James Brokenshire was quizzed on how ... Continue to article
Keith Vaz called for passport provision to be “moved back into the Home Office” following severe delays in the processing of applications. “There is no doubt in my mind that the passport agency should be abolished and it should be moved ... Continue to article
Keith Vaz said the issue of passport processing delays affected the whole country. "I can't remember a time when I arrived at Westminster when so many Members of Parliament are concerned about a particular issue. And this is an issue tha... Continue to article
Keith Vaz criticised the Home Office over a reported passport processing backlog. "It's pretty bad. Not just the estimates from the unions but also the individual cases; a man who is stuck in another country waiting for his children's pa... Continue to article
Keith Vaz said Jean-Claude Juncker would be the wrong candidate for those seeking reform of the European Union. “I think it’s a very important issue. I’ve met Juncker on many occasions during the EU summits that I attended as Minister fo... Continue to article
Keith Vaz has said ministers should "stop and think very carefully" before rejecting select committee advice on appointments.
In an interview with The House magazine Mr Vaz, chair of the Home Affairs select committee, said pre-confirmation hearings are “a very powerful tool” and minsters should take them more seriously.
The Home Affairs committee is expected to hold a hearing later this month with Tom Winsor, Home Secretary Theresa May’s controversial choice for the post of Chief Inspector of Constabulary.
He raised the example of Vince Cable, who in February appointed Les Ebdon as director of the Office for Fair Access despite over the objections of the Business, Innovation and Skills committee.
Mr Vaz said: “If a select committee says no, I think a minister should stop and think very carefully. And the next stage should not be to just go off and appoint the same person, but to actually come before the committee and defend their views."
Keith Vaz has said the extradition of British student Richard O'Dwyer is the clearest example of the "one-sided" UK/US extradition agreement fails to "protect the rights of British citizens".
The chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee plans to meet with Mr O'Dwyer and his mother next week after it became clear the Sheffield student faced up to 10 years in a high-security US prison for alleged copyright violations after setting up the tvshack.net website in 2007.
Richard Branson will be the first witness to the first parliamentary inquiry into Britain's drug policy for a decade. Mr Branson is part of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, a pro-reform group which argues the 'war on drugs' has failed. Keith Vaz, chair of the Home Affairs Committee conducting the inquiry, said: "I look forward to hearing the commission's evidence on why the war on drugs has failed and why it is now time to decriminalise drugs and focus on providing treatment to drug users in a bid to bring an end to the destructive cycle of addiction."
MPs are set to question those closely involved with the recent jailing of nine men in Rochdale for sexual offences against young girls.
The Home Affairs Committee will look at the sexual exploitation of children through "localised grooming" drawing on the lessons learnt from the case.
The head of Rochdale Council and Greater Manchester Police’s senior policeman will give evidence to MPs.
The Committee Chair, Keith Vaz, said “It is vital that we know the truth about why these abuses took place and that we have robust measures to guard against them.”
The Telegraph reported today that Chief Crown Prosecutor Nazir Afzal said grooming of white women was a "particular problem" in Asian communities.
The hearing will take place next week.
Thousands of police officers are breaking official guidelines to take second jobs as private investigators, security workers and drivers. The Home Affairs Committee pledged to investigate the recent growth in additional business interests after chair Keith Vaz said the potential conflict of interest was "of very serious concern".
Andy Coulson is suing News Corporation, the parent company of News International. According to court filings, the lawsuit was filed yesterday.
A lawyer representing phone hacking victims has announced American lawyers intend to file a case against News Corp in the US. Speaking on Sky News' Boulton & Co, Mark Lewis said: "In timescales within the next week or so American lawyers will be issuing a case." Mr Lewis explained that the legal team will be arguing that, as the parent company of News International and the now-defunct News of the World, News Corp is ultimately responsible for the actions of its foreign subsidiaries.
On BBC News, Keith Vaz said the Metropolitan Police made “a mistake” in trying to force the Guardian to reveal its sources on phone hacking by using the Official Secrets Act. Utilising the Official Secrets Act "should ring alarm bells", he added.
According to the Daily Telegraph, News International paid Neil Wallis, former deputy editor of The News of the World, for 'crime exclusives' whilst he was working for Scotland Yard. It is claimed he was paid more than £25,000 by the company during his time at Scotland Yard.
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