Westminster News

Improving Border Performance

James Brokenshire has welcomed plans to split the UK Border Agency into two new operational commands saying that the reforms will drive improvements on visa services and the enforcement of immigration cases.  James’s comments came during a phone-in on LBC 97.3FM when he fielded questions from callers about the agency’s current performance.

International Co-operation to Combat Drug Trafficking

Security Minister James Brokenshire has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Peruvian Vice Interior Minister Ivan Vega Loncharich to enhance co-operation in the fight against organised drug trafficking.  The new agreement which was signed earlier today will strengthen joint working between the UK and Peru to combat cross-border drug smuggling.

Improving Prostate Cancer Care

James Brokenshire has given his support to Prostate Cancer UK’s work to raise standards of care provided to men with prostate cancer.  James joined other MPs at a special campaign event in Westminster to hear how a new quality checklist could help improve support and information. 

Budget boost for families, jobs and business

James Brokenshire has welcomed today’s Budget highlighting measures to help hard working families, support job creation and make the UK an attractive place for business in an increasingly competitive world economy.  The Chancellor also announced a new ‘help to buy’ scheme to help people looking to buy a new home.

Joining Forces to Combat Online Crime

New and innovative ways to tackle the threat from online crime were discussed at the first ever meeting of the Cyber Crime Reduction Partnership chaired by Security Minister James Brokenshire.  The new partnership, made up of Ministers, academics, industry experts and law enforcement aims to stay one step ahead of the criminals by sharing information and raising awareness among businesses and consumers.

Cracking Down on Online Crime

James Brokenshire has announced the creation of a new Cyber Crime Reduction Partnership to tackle the growing threat of organised and global cyber criminals. The new initiative will bringing together police, industry experts and academics in the new Cyber Crime Reduction Partnership to ensure police and other law enforcement agencies can stay one step ahead of online criminals.

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.  

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.