Prosecuting Terrorism

Today, I announced the extension of the Unduly Lenient Scheme – a mechanism for challenging light prison sentences – to nine further terrorism offences. You can read more about the detail of the specific announcement here. You can also read my column for the Daily Telegraph on this government’s wider counter-terrorism strategy here.

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24 June – a moment in history

In the early hours of this morning, it became clear that Britain – on an astonishing turnout of 72% – had voted to leave the EU. As someone who has made the case for Britain to leave, I feel enormously proud and confident in the future. We have a golden opportunity for democratic renewal, to […]

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EU Rules on UK Border Controls

Today, I’ve written an article for The Daily Telegraph about how EU rules undermine UK border controls, which puts Britain at unnecessary risk. It follows the reporting that yesterday, a series of former police chiefs and security experts warned that recent terrorist attacks in Brussels and Paris were a “wake-up call” for UK border protection. […]

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Remembering Waterloo

Today, I went along to Painshill Park with the family. As well as enjoying the stunning grounds, the Napoleonic Association put on a fastic historic re-enactment of various aspects of the Battle of Waterloo – as detailed here. It was a great way to bring alive the reality of the battle. I sat with both […]

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Who Watches the Watchers?

Yesterday, Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee published a carefully worded, but nonetheless far-reaching, report on the state of UK surveillance laws. It was precipitated by the Edward Snowden revelations. The report concluded three key things: First, UK surveillance laws lack adequate safeguards and proper oversight. Second, the intelligence agencies are engaged in ‘bulk’ trawling of […]

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