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Dominic Grieve MP

Former attorney general, Conservative MP

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  • = Key Development Tuesday 2nd September
  • 22:55 Lord Carlile: taking passports from Britons outside country is unlawful On air

    On Air | Dominic Grieve MP | Former attorney general, Conse... | BBC Newsnight Video Dominic Grieve MP

    Lord Carlile said that taking away the passports from Britons when they were outside of the country, making them stateless, would be unlawful. "I agree with Dominic Grieve and Sir Menzies Campbell who said the same, the day before yester... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 25th August
  • 18:17 Story (31 links): Boris calls for tougher stance on UK extremists

    PoliticsHome Boris calls for tougher stance on UK extremists Story View links

    Boris Johnson has called for tougher action to be taken against Britons who go abroad to fight for extremist organisations like Islamic State, including the removal of citizenship.

    The Mayor of London also argued, in an article for the Telegraph, for the reintroduction of control orders, which were replaced with the weaker TPims [Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures] in 2011, in order to improve the ability of government to monitor terrorists in the UK.

    Mr Johnson wrote: “All this will be difficult, but the problem has got worse fast, and it could get worse still.

    "What is the point of having a defence budget if we don’t at least try to prevent the establishment of a terrorist “caliphate” that is profoundly hostile to civilised values? Do nothing now, and the tide of terror will eventually lap at our own front door.”

    The Mayor of London also suggested that Britons returning from warzones should be assumed to be guilty of terrorist acts until they could prove their innocence, ideas which were rejected by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

    Mr Clegg has rejected Mr Johnson's calls, and said that new laws would not help tackle the issue.

    "We’ve already taken steps to protect ourselves. We don’t want to repeat the mistakes of the past, it would not be a very sensible move."

    The calls were labelled by a former attorney general as “draconian”.

    Dominic Grieve told the World at One: “It is a draconian proposal because it would envisage getting rid of ordinary principles of common law, which would put the burden on the prosecution to prove its case.”

    Speaking on the same programme Yvette Cooper questioned the feasibility of Mr Johnson’s proposal to make terrorists returning to the UK stateless by removing their passports.

    The Shadow Home Secretary said: “There are also international laws in place… which prevent people being made stateless, so that for example, that’s what allows us to deport foreign criminals to other countries and prevent those countries saying: ‘no we don’t want them back because they are no longer citizens.’”  

    Mr Johnson’s comments echoed similar calls made over the weekend by Conservative MP David Davis and former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey.

    The Home Office has said it is taking the "strongest possible action" to address the issue. 

    David Hanson MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Office Minister, said: "The Home Secretary must now rethink her decision [to end control orders] and bring back stronger powers.

    “Theresa May needs to listen to the concern being expressed across the political divide and reverse her decision. She should strengthen the powers either by reintroducing control orders or bringing in the stronger measures recommended by David Anderson, the independent reviewer."

  • 13:35 Dominic Grieve: Boris Johnson's terror law proposals are draconian On air

    On Air | Dominic Grieve MP | Former attorney general, Conse... | The World at One, BBC Radio 4 Video Dominic Grieve MP

    Dominic Grieve said Boris Johnson’s proposal that it should be up to Britons who travel to Syria and Iraq to prove that they are not guilty of terrorist acts was “draconian”.   “It is a draconian proposal because it would envisage gettin... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 13th August
  • 07:15 Dominic Grieve: Tory-backed legislation to limit European court judgements in the UK would be a disaster On air

    On Air | Dominic Grieve MP | Former attorney general, Conse... | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video Dominic Grieve MP

    Dominic Grieve said the European Court of Human Rights was “looking for a way out” of confrontation with the UK over prisoner’s voting rights. "I’m quite clear in my mind that it is in fact a way out, and ever since this debate started w... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 27th July
  • 08:44 Dominic Grieve: I will oppose those who want to repeal the Human Rights Act On air

    On Air | Dominic Grieve MP | Former attorney general, Conse... | Andrew Marr Show, BBC One Video Dominic Grieve MP

    Dominic Grieve spoke of his “shock” at being sacked from the Cabinet in the last reshuffle and said he would be vocal in his opposition to the repeal of the Human Rights Act from the backbenches. “I wasn’t aware of being an unpopular min... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 20th July
  • 10:58 Dominic Grieve: Leaving ECHR would send out a bad signal to the world On air

    On Air | Dominic Grieve MP | Former attorney general, Conse... | Murnaghan, Sky News Video Dominic Grieve MP

    Dominic Grieve said leaving the European Convention on Human Rights would send out a bad message to the world. "To make the position clear, I'm actually a eurosceptic; I see many challenges with our European Union membership and our memb... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 15th July
  • 13:54 Jeremy Browne: Liberal Tories are on the brink of extinction On air

    On Air | Jeremy Browne MP | | Sky News Video Jeremy Browne MP

    Jeremy Browne said the departures of Dominic Grieve and Ken Clarke from David Cameron’s government showed the Prime Minister was “making concessions to the right”. “Dominic’s a fascinating insight into the tussle that is taking place wit... Continue to article

  • 13:20 Dominic Grieve: I was sad to go On air

    On Air | Dominic Grieve MP | Former attorney general, Conse... | The World at One, BBC Radio 4 Video Dominic Grieve MP

    Former Attorney General Dominic Grieve expressed regret at his sacking. "I was sad to go. I'd have very happily stayed on. I've had a very fulfilling and interesting four years in the job. It's quite a demanding job. I hope I've been abl... Continue to article

  • 08:54 Waugh Room Memo - 15 July PoliticsHome News

    Waugh Room Memo - 15 July PoliticsHome News

    Thanks to a couple of technical problems, some subscribers haven't received this morning's Waugh Room Memo. Here it is in full:   Paul Waugh is away. Today’s memo is written by Josh May.   A huge day looms as David Cameron fina... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 27th June
  • 14:29 House of Commons Business Commons Business

    14:29 | Commons Business | PoliticsHome Commons Business

    COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Scotland questions (topicals at 11.53am) 12 noon: Prime minister questions 12.30pm: Presentation of bills: Affordable Homes Bill; International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill; Euro... Continue to article

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Boris calls for tougher stance on UK extremists

Boris Johnson has called for tougher action to be taken against Britons who go abroad to fight for extremist organisations like Islamic State, including the removal of citizenship.

The Mayor of London also argued, in an article for the Telegraph, for the reintroduction of control orders, which were replaced with the weaker TPims [Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures] in 2011, in order to improve the ability of government to monitor terrorists in the UK.

Mr Johnson wrote: “All this will be difficult, but the problem has got worse fast, and it could get worse still.

"What is the point of having a defence budget if we don’t at least try to prevent the establishment of a terrorist “caliphate” that is profoundly hostile to civilised values? Do nothing now, and the tide of terror will eventually lap at our own front door.”

The Mayor of London also suggested that Britons returning from warzones should be assumed to be guilty of terrorist acts until they could prove their innocence, ideas which were rejected by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Mr Clegg has rejected Mr Johnson's calls, and said that new laws would not help tackle the issue.

"We’ve already taken steps to protect ourselves. We don’t want to repeat the mistakes of the past, it would not be a very sensible move."

The calls were labelled by a former attorney general as “draconian”.

Dominic Grieve told the World at One: “It is a draconian proposal because it would envisage getting rid of ordinary principles of common law, which would put the burden on the prosecution to prove its case.”

Speaking on the same programme Yvette Cooper questioned the feasibility of Mr Johnson’s proposal to make terrorists returning to the UK stateless by removing their passports.

The Shadow Home Secretary said: “There are also international laws in place… which prevent people being made stateless, so that for example, that’s what allows us to deport foreign criminals to other countries and prevent those countries saying: ‘no we don’t want them back because they are no longer citizens.’”  

Mr Johnson’s comments echoed similar calls made over the weekend by Conservative MP David Davis and former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey.

The Home Office has said it is taking the "strongest possible action" to address the issue. 

David Hanson MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Office Minister, said: "The Home Secretary must now rethink her decision [to end control orders] and bring back stronger powers.

“Theresa May needs to listen to the concern being expressed across the political divide and reverse her decision. She should strengthen the powers either by reintroducing control orders or bringing in the stronger measures recommended by David Anderson, the independent reviewer."


Media rules 'must be stronger'

The Liberal Democrat conference has passed an emergency motion calling for stronger media ownership rules. The motion condemned "illegal and intrusive behaviour of those journalists and private investigators who have been complicit in phone hacking, especially where the bereaved or victims of crime have been targeted". Attorney General Dominic Grieve is under pressure to block the Metropolitan Police's attempt to force journalists to reveal their sources, the Guardian reports today. Simon Hughes, the Lib Dem deputy leader, said it was "entirely inappropriate for the Officials Secret Act to be used to try to prosecute journalists".


Grieve: Lib Dems have abandoned left wingers

Attorney General Dominic Grieve says the Liberal Democrats have "effectively abandoned" left-wing voters who saw them as an alternative to voters. Speaking to the Politeia think tank, Mr Grieve expressed concern that the contradictions inherent in the coalition meant the Government was becoming "the least populist seen in many a year". Mr Grieve also said that the final decision over whether prisoners will be given the vote will not rest with judges in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), and hinted that the Government could seek to limit the power of the ECHR.


Lord Blair's son took Sun work experience

Former Metropolitan Police chief Lord Blair's son did work experience at The Sun, the peer has told the Leveson Inquiry into media ethics

Lord Blair defended his son's placement at the paper. He said the work experience was "perfectly normal", and that the "current debate on internships was not play at that time". He said his son was "about 15" at the time.

Today it also emerged that the Attorney General is examining Sue Akers’ testimony to the Leveson Inquiry amid concerns that her remarks were in contempt of court.

The Metropolitan Police's Deputy Assistant Commissioner and head of investigations into hacking and bribes had alleged to the inquiry that there was a “network of corrupted officials” linked to News International.


Media warned on suspect identification

Media organisations could be barred from naming people arrested but not charged with a criminal offence. Attorney General Dominic Grieve told Radio 4 that newspapers were obliged to avoid prejudicing criminal investigations.


AG may 'intervene over Kelly death'

Dominic Grieve, the attorney general, has hinted that he may intervene over the death of government weapons expert Dr David Kelly. He admitted that those who doubt that Dr Kelly took his own life "may have a valid point."


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