Westminster News

Reducing Immigration

James Brokenshire has said that steps to reduce net migration to sustainable levels are working after new figures showed a further significant fall in numbers.  The Office of National Statistics reported this week that net migration has fallen by a third since the General Election.  

Making CCTV Systems More Effective

James Brokenshire has underlined the potential benefits of the use of CCTV systems to combat crime in local communities.   The Minister’s comments came as the Government published a new code of practice to encourage more effective use of surveillance camera systems and to ensure they are proportionate and more focused on aiding the fight against crime.

Supporting Same Sex Marriage

James Brokenshire has said that he will be supporting measures to introduce same sex marriage when the legislation is considered in Parliament this week. Whilst recognising the legitimate views of those who oppose the change, James believes that the proposals will strengthen rather than weaken the institution of marriage.

Laser Pen Menace to Flights

James Brokenshire has praised the Police in combatting the threat from pilots being dazzled by lights from laser pens being shone at arriving and departing aircraft at Gatwick Airport.

Promoting emergency service co-operation to improve response to major incidents

James Brokenshire has praised the commitment and bravery of emergency service responders during a Parliamentary debate promoting more effective joint working between police, fire and ambulance services. James set out a new programme of work to ensure that blue-light services work together effectively in response to major incidents such as fast-moving terrorist scenarios and help save lives.

Employment Tribunal reforms aimed to help boost jobs

James Brokenshire has welcomed new Government proposals to speed the resolution of employment disputes saying they will give firms greater confidence to take on staff.  The measures are contained in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill which has just been introduced into the House of Commons.

Meeting with Libyan Prime Minister

James Brokenshire has met Abdurrahim Al-Keib, the Prime Minister of Libya to discuss the case of WPC Yvonne Fletcher who was murdered in 1984. The Minister for Crime and Security was joined by officers from the Metropolitan Police for the meeting at Lancaster House.

Strengthening the fight against serious crime

James Brokenshire has welcomed new proposals to step up the fight against organised crime with the creation of a new National Crime Agency (NCA). The details were published in a new Crime and Courts Bill which will be considered by Parliament shortly.