Westminster News

New Responsibilities

The Home Secretary has announced that James Brokenshire will take over responsibility for security and counter-terrorism in the Home Office.  James's new brief will include security for the London Olympic Games.

Safeguarding Children

James Brokenshire has said that the UK's ability to protect children from harm will be further strengthened when the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) becomes part of the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Anti-social behaviour activists meet minister

People with experience of standing up to anti-social behaviour on their street shared their views on how to deal with the problem at a special roundtable meeting with James Brokenshire.  Among those who attended the central London meeting were Maureen Tennison, Asher Nardone and Norman Rochester who have all made a stand against trouble in their neighbourhood.

Rail Minister Presses for Improvements on Southeastern

James Brokenshire has welcomed comments by Rail Minister Theresa Villiers that Southeastern Trains should be more responsive to its customers and improve performance on local rail services. Ms Villiers comments came during a Parliamentary debate secured by Bexleyheath & Crayford MP David Evennett on current poor performance on local train services.

New streamlined approach to anti-social behaviour

Councils, police and other local agencies will be forced to support victims of persistent anti-social behaviour (ASB) as part of plans to give them better tools and powers outlined by Crime Prevention Minister James Brokenshire.

Protection from On-line Threats

James Brokenshire has announced that the UK will support a new EU Directive to combat attacks on computer systems from hackers and other online criminals.

New Controls on Cheap Alcohol

Retailers will be banned from selling alcohol below the rate of duty + VAT under new plans announced by Home Office Minister James Brokenshire.

Rail Reliability Questioned

James Brokenshire has written to the Transport Secretary to ask what assessment he has made of Southeastern Trains performance after numerous complaints from commuters over continued reliability issues.  Train services from Bexley were badly affected during the recent snow and serious complaints were made about poor communication and co-ordination at that time.

Drug Driving Testing

Police forces are a step closer to having equipment to test motorists suspected of drug driving, Home Office Minister James Brokenshire announced today. The Home Office has produced the specification for a new police station-based drug screening device. The document sets out what the device will do and the standards it must meet.

Tackling Anti-social Behaviour

Trials of a new approach for handling complaints of antisocial behaviour were unveiled today by crime prevention minister James Brokenshire.  Eight police force areas will change the way they respond to calls, using a new system to log complaints and improving the use of IT to share information.