Westminster News

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.

Missing Persons

James Brokenshire has highlighted Government action to respond to runaways and missing children and adults during a Parliamentary debate. The Minister for Crime Prevention emphasized the importance he placed on improving current measures highlighting a number of steps which have already been implemented by the Coalition Government.

ID Fraud Awareness

James Brokenshire has given his backing to efforts to raise awareness of how to reduce the risk of having your personal details mis-used.  Speaking at a special event in Bexley to mark National Identity Fraud Prevention Week, James said that the greater use of technology had increased the challenges and the means by which fraudsters could harvest and exchange stolen data.

Easing Dartford Crossing Congestion

The Department for Transport has announced measures to improve traffic flows across the Dartford River Crossing. In a statement issued alongside the Comprehensive Spending Review it was revealed that the Department will embark on an assessment of the options for future capacity increases at Dartford, funded by toll charges.

Cutting Crimes Against Business

James Brokenshire has underlined the importance of tackling crimes against business and how Government reforms will support this work in a speech to representatives from the retail industry.

Harsh Consequences for Drugs Smugglers

James Brokenshire has warned of the severe consequnces of smuggling drugs during a visit to Sarita Colonia jail in Peru. The Minister for Crime Prevention spoke with UK citizens convicted for drugs offences about their experiences and saw for himself the harsh conditions in the prison. They included one prisoner who is serving six years and eight months for trafficking cocaine.

Royal Navy Praise

James Brokenshire has praised the work of the Royal Navy in stopping illegal drugs reaching the UK during a visit to HMS Portland in Lima.  Speaking to the crew of the frigate the Minister for Crime Prevention thanked the crew for their service and professionalism as the vessel commenced work on anti-narcotics patrols in the Carribean.