Westminster News

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.

Powers to Stop Gang Violence

'Gang injunctions' can be used by police and local authorities from next month, James Brokenshire has announced.  The court orders are designed to break down gang culture by imposing prohibitions and requirements.

NHS London Recommendation "Predictable"

James Brokenshire has said that a report to the Board of NHS London recommending that the 'A Picture of Health' plans for local hospitals satisfied new Government tests was "utterly predictable".  But the MP underlined that this was far from the end of the line for Queen Mary's Hospital.

Recovery from Addiction

James Brokenshire has unveiled the Government's ambitious new drug strategy with an uncompromising drive to crack down on those involved in the drugs trade, at the same time as revolutionising treatment services to offer recovery as a route out of dependency.

Antisocial Behaviour Review

James Brokenshire has said that measures to deal with antisocial behaviour needed to reform to make them more effective. Speaking on the BBC Politics Show, the Minister for Crime Prevention said that sanctions and orders to deal with problems in communities should be made simpler and easier for the police and other law enforcement agencies.

'Last Chance' Health Talks

A delegation of local MPs have underlined their serious concerns about the future of hospital services in South East London during a meeting with Health Secretary Andrew Lansley at the Department of Health in Whitehall.