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Patrick McLoughlin MP

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  • = Key Development Monday 15th December
  • 17:37 Story (9 links): May denies torture report redactions

    PoliticsHome May denies torture report redactions Story View links

    The Home Secretary has denied asking for redactions in the CIA torture report and rejected calls for a judge-led inquiry into British involvement in US-led torture.  

    Appearing in front of the Home Affairs Committee this afternoon, Theresa May told MPs: “I have certainly not asked for any redactions to take place in the report.”       

    She did not say whether other Home Office officials had asked for the redactions, but added that they would only have been requested for reasons of national security.

    Ms May rejected the need for a judge-led inquiry into questions on the role of British troops in the torture, saying that the Intelligence and Security Committee would carry out adequate investigations.

    “I think there is proper committee in place to undertake the inquiry,” she said.    

    She also said that she had no knowledge of UK forces being complicit in torture, telling the Committee: “I am not aware of any evidence that British agents or officials have been involved in any way.”

    The British Government, she said, had set out “very clear guidance” on how British forces should conduct themselves on the issue. 

    Amid reports former prime minister Tony Blair and former foreign secretary Jack Straw could be called to give evidence, Nick Clegg told his monthly press conference today that anyone found to have been complicit in mistreatment should face the"full rule of the law".

    The Deputy Prime Minister said: "The next pragmatic step is to let the police get on with their work as soon as possible but also...to go, as [Intelligence and Security Committee chair] Malcolm Rifkind has said, in pursuit of the truth without any fear or favour, including calling as witnesses, as individuals who need to be further questioned, politicians who were in charge...of the government at the time."

    A spokesperson for Mr Blair issued a statement this afternoon saying that the former prime minister had "always been opposed to the use of torture" and had "always said so publicly and privately".

    "He believes the fight against radical Islamism is a fight about values, and acting contrary to those values - as in the use of torture - is therefore not just wrong but counter-productive," the spokesperson added.

  • 17:31 Theresa May denies asking for redactions in CIA torture report House of Commons

    Theresa May denies asking for redactions in CIA torture report House of Commons

    The Home Secretary has today denied asking for redactions in the CIA torture report and  rejected calls for a judge-led inquiry into British involvement in orture.   Appearing in front of the Home Affairs Committee this afternoon, Theres... Continue to article

  • 07:25 Rory Stewart: Does Britain really fully understand Iraq mission? On air

    On Air | Rory Stewart MP | Defence Select Committee chair | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video Rory Stewart MP

    Rory Stewart questioned whether the UK had an overall strategy for tackling Islamic State militants in Iraq. "I think the biggest question is over the overall mission. Training the Iraqi army is something that's happened a great deal ove... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 12th December
  • 17:26 House of Commons Business Commons Business

    17:26 | Commons Business | PoliticsHome Commons Business

    COMMONS CHAMBER 2:30pm: Communities and Local Government questions (topicals at 3:15pm) Main business Firefighters’ Pension Scheme (England) Regulations 2014: Motion to revoke Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill: Committee (Day 2... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 8th December
  • 12:30 House of Lords Business Lords Business

    12:30 | Lords Business | PoliticsHome Lords Business

    LORDS CHAMBER 2.30pm: Oral questions, to ask the government: - What assessment they have made of new technology and the digital revolution on the United Kingdom labour market (Lord Holmes of Richmond, Con) - What is their assessment... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 4th December
  • 09:53 Labour pressure over East Coast rail franchise decision House of Commons

    Labour pressure over East Coast rail franchise decision House of Commons

    Labour has criticised the Government for its decision to hand over the running of the East Coast Main Line to a private provider. The franchise has been awarded to a consortium of private companies, having been operated by the state for... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 1st December
  • 16:00 Dugher slams McLoughlin as 'all talk and no delivery' on road investment PoliticsHome News

    Dugher slams McLoughlin as 'all talk and no delivery' on road investment PoliticsHome News

    The Government’s announcement on road investment has been branded a “classic case of all-talk and no delivery” by the Shadow Transport Secretary. Michael Dugher said during a statement in the Commons that the announcement today was “an u... Continue to article

  • 13:25 Patrick McLoughlin: We need a balanced approach to our transport system On air

    On Air | Patrick McLoughlin MP | Transport Secretary | The World at One, BBC Radio 4 Video Patrick McLoughlin MP

    Patrick McLoughlin rebuffed an argument put forward by fellow guest and Green MP Caroline Lucas that today's roads announcement would harm the environment and sideline rail. "I reject that. The simple fact is you've got to have a balance... Continue to article

  • 13:11 Caroline Lucas: More roads will not reduce congestion On air

    On Air | Patrick McLoughlin MP | Transport Secretary | World at One, BBC Radio 4 Video Patrick McLoughlin MP

    Caroline Lucas welcomed measures of £100m to improve cycling, and an environmental fund to mitigate carbon emissions, but dismissed the Government’s plans to build more roads, arguing it would cause more congestion and pollution. “I cert... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 27th November
  • 10:50 Public sold down the river with East Coast deal – Labour House of Commons

    Public sold down the river with East Coast deal – Labour House of Commons

    Labour has accused ministers of putting ideology before the interests of the public over the decision to return the East Coast Mainline to private ownership. The Government announced this morning that the franchise had been awarded to a ... Continue to article

  • 07:10 Patrick McLoughlin: Govt will benefit to tune of £3.3bn from new rail franchise On air

    On Air | Patrick McLoughlin MP | Transport Secretary | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video Patrick McLoughlin MP

    Patrick McLoughlin confirmed the Government would receive £3.3bn over the next eight years from the new consortium to run the East Coast Mainline rail franchise. "This is a great deal for intercity railways, a great deal for the East Coa... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 21st November
  • 13:25 Patrick McLoughlin: Ukip won in Rochester because of low turnout On air

    On Air | Patrick McLoughlin MP | Transport Secretary | The World At One, BBC Radio 4 Video Patrick McLoughlin MP

    Patrick McLoughlin said Ukip's victory in the Rochester by-election was in a large part due to the relatively low voter turnout. "We didn’t win because it was a by-election and things happen in by-elections when people know they’re not a... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 14th November
  • 17:31 In Brief Events

    17:31 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin makes an announcement on rural public transport (10:45am) Defence Equipment Minister Philip Dunne visits MoD Abbey Wood Science Minister Greg Clark visits Airbus’ defence and space facilities in ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 27th October
  • 07:56 Patrick McLoughlin: HS3 is not just about reducing travel time On air

    On Air | Patrick McLoughlin MP | Transport Secretary | Sky News Video Patrick McLoughlin MP

    Patrick McLoughlin said HS3 was not just about reducing travel time. "This is a very ambitious plan that has been put to us by David Higgins: we’re embracing that plan because we believe that the Northern powerhouse should get the econom... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 23rd October
  • 10:00 Labour's railway legacy 'shameful' PoliticsHome News

    Labour's railway legacy 'shameful' PoliticsHome News

    Labour’s legacy on the railways has been attacked as “shameful” by the Government, as Transport minsters faced questions in the Commons. Patrick McLoughlin, the Transport Secretary, accused the previous government of “neglect” of the r... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 29th September
  • 13:22 Patrick McLoughlin: The benefit freeze is fair, we have to cut the defecit On air

    On Air | Patrick McLoughlin MP | Transport Secretary | BBC Radio 4, World at One Video Patrick McLoughlin MP

    Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said he did not think George Osborne’s benefits freeze was unfair and it was not right that benefits had risen more than wages. “I don’t think it is unfair. We wouldn’t be doing this if we hadn’t in... Continue to article

  • 11:49 Patrick McLoughlin: We are rebuilding Britain PoliticsHome News

    Patrick McLoughlin: We are rebuilding Britain PoliticsHome News

    The Transport Secretary said the Conservative Party were “rebuilding Britain,” in his conference speech in Birmingham today. Patrick Mcloughlin told delegates: “We are rebuilding Britain with… a plan of action that is making the differen... Continue to article

  • 10:07 Patrick McLoughlin: We're getting ready to keep Britain moving this winter - whatever the weather The House Magazine

    10:07 | The House Magazine | PoliticsHome The House Magazine Patrick McLoughlin: We're getting ready to keep Britain moving this winter - whatever the weather

      September is upon us once again. Memories of summer holidays are fading, nights are starting to draw in, and ministers are turning their attention to party conference season. But for the Department for Transport, September is also a ti... Continue to article

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  • = Key Development Friday 27th September
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Stories involving Patrick McLoughlin

May denies torture report redactions

The Home Secretary has denied asking for redactions in the CIA torture report and rejected calls for a judge-led inquiry into British involvement in US-led torture.  

Appearing in front of the Home Affairs Committee this afternoon, Theresa May told MPs: “I have certainly not asked for any redactions to take place in the report.”       

She did not say whether other Home Office officials had asked for the redactions, but added that they would only have been requested for reasons of national security.

Ms May rejected the need for a judge-led inquiry into questions on the role of British troops in the torture, saying that the Intelligence and Security Committee would carry out adequate investigations.

“I think there is proper committee in place to undertake the inquiry,” she said.    

She also said that she had no knowledge of UK forces being complicit in torture, telling the Committee: “I am not aware of any evidence that British agents or officials have been involved in any way.”

The British Government, she said, had set out “very clear guidance” on how British forces should conduct themselves on the issue. 

Amid reports former prime minister Tony Blair and former foreign secretary Jack Straw could be called to give evidence, Nick Clegg told his monthly press conference today that anyone found to have been complicit in mistreatment should face the"full rule of the law".

The Deputy Prime Minister said: "The next pragmatic step is to let the police get on with their work as soon as possible but also...to go, as [Intelligence and Security Committee chair] Malcolm Rifkind has said, in pursuit of the truth without any fear or favour, including calling as witnesses, as individuals who need to be further questioned, politicians who were in charge...of the government at the time."

A spokesperson for Mr Blair issued a statement this afternoon saying that the former prime minister had "always been opposed to the use of torture" and had "always said so publicly and privately".

"He believes the fight against radical Islamism is a fight about values, and acting contrary to those values - as in the use of torture - is therefore not just wrong but counter-productive," the spokesperson added.


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