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Clarke: UK losing war on drugs

Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke has warned the UK is "plainly losing" the war on drugs.

Speaking at the Home Affairs Select Committee today, Mr Clarke expressed "despair" at the fact that "policy has not been working".

Mr Clarke urged greater communication on tackling the issue of drugs, but cautioned against de-criminalisation, which he argued was an important deterrent.


Clarke orders fake whiplash claim crackdown

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has ordered a crackdown on people who fraudulently make insurance claims for whiplash after a car accident. The Sun reports that teams of specialist medics will be set up to identify people who fake injuries to claim compensation. Ministers believe the new measures will help reduce payouts and bring down the cost of motor insurance.


MPs overturn Lords' legal aid amendments

MPs have voted to overturn the House of Lords’ amendments to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill after the Government offered a series of concessions. Justice Secretary Ken Clarke announced women would be able to have freer access to legal aid than under the previous plans.


News Corp 'threats' to Lib Dems

Vince Cable has said the Liberal Democrats faced “veiled threats” from News International if the BSkyB takeover was not given the green light.

Giving evidence to the Leveson Inquiry, the Business Secretary said he believed the threats about Liberal Democrats' depictions in News International newspapers had come after a conversation with News Corporation lobbyist Frederic Michel.

He also hit out at Mr Michel's “systematic attempt to politicise the process” of adjudicating on the takeover. He confirmed he had been told about this by Liberal Democrat colleagues who had spoken with Mr Michel.

“I’m trying to explain the context in which I made my own comments [to undercover Telegraph journalists]… and what it was that had made me seriously disturbed.”

Dr Cable explained he was in an “emotional frame of mind” when he told two undercover Daily Telegraph reporters he was “waging war” on the Murdoch empire.

“There was a near riot taking place outside my constituency office… in order to prevent the disorder getting out of control, I invited in some of the protestors into my office. We had a very long conversation… I was struggling to keep my temper in this situation…

“I was in an extremely tense and emotional frame of mind. And the two women who I thought were constituents… I did offload onto them a lot of pent-up feeling, to just about the BSkyB case that I was dealing with but my colleagues in Government… in language I wouldn’t usually use.”

Also appearing at Leveson today was Justice Secretary Ken Clarke, who said that the media had "far greater" power than Parliament does.

Mr Clarke urged the inquiry not to curtail free speech, but argued the power of the media “has grown, is excessive, and ought to be diminished”.


Govt reshuffle may be brought forward

Senior Conservatives are reportedly urging David Cameron to bring forward his anticipated Cabinet reshuffle in response to failing poll ratings. The Daily Mail reports the reshuffle could now take place as soon as next weekend, following the local elections on May 3.


May and Clarke fight for security changes

Theresa May and Ken Clarke have made a push to win the backing of MPs for their controversial plans to strengthen the powers of the security services, after their proposals for 'secret justice' were criticised.

The Home Secretary and Justice Secretary have both sent letters to Tory MPs claiming that suspected terrorists could be given British passports if the Government unable to fight their deportation using sensitive evidence.


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