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BBC: General Election 2017: Labour to rip up Tory Brexit plan

General Election 2017: Labour to rip up Tory Brexit plan 24 April 2017 From the section UK Politics Related Topics Brexit Image copyright PA Labour say they would scrap Theresa May's Brexit plans and unilaterally guarantee the rights of EU residents before talks start, if they win power. While accepting the UK was leaving, Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer said Labour would press for a different deal prioritising jobs and work rights. It would also seek an early deal on transitional arrangements to smooth the way for the UK's departure in 2019. The Conservatives said only they had a clear plan for exiting the EU. Ahead of a campaign visit to Wales on Tuesday. Theresa May said the Brexit vote should have been a "wake-up call for a generation of politicians who have taken the people for granted for too long" but instead other parties had "closed ranks". Labour, most of whose MPs backed a Remain vote in last year's referendum, is in a fight to hold onto seats in Leave-voting constituencies on 8 June. The Conservatives are hoping to take seats from Labour in areas which voted to leave the EU, including the Midlands, the north-east and north-west of England and across Wales, with a message that it is implementing the will of the people expressed in last year's vote. Election 2017: Latest updates Labour has been criticised by, among others, former prime minister Tony Blair, for what he says is a lack of clarity in its approach to Brexit. Unlike the Lib Dems, it has ruled out a second referendum, but suggested Parliament could stop a so-called "hard Brexit". 'Injustice' In Labour's first major policy statement on the issue of the election campaign, the party is signalling that it would take a different approach to the two-year process of negotiating the EU's exit - expected to start in earnest in June. It would scrap Theresa May's Brexit plan - outlined in a White Paper in February - which envisages leaving the single market and customs union. Instead, it will focus on delivering a deal which "retains the benefits" of single market and customs union membership. Where Britain's parties stand on Brexit EU commissioner upbeat on customs union On immigration, a Labour government would on its first day in office guarantee the legal status of the three million EU nationals living in the UK to correct what it says is a "shameful injustice". It would then press for reciprocal guarantees for the 1.2 million Britons living on the continent. In a further break from the government's policy, Labour says leaving the EU without a deal would not be a "viable option" - although it is not clear whether its promise of a "truly meaningful" vote in Parliament on the final deal would amount to a potential veto. In addition, it would replace the government's proposed Great Repeal Bill - which would scrap the 1972 European Communities Act and transpose the myriad of existing EU law applying to the UK into domestic law - with an EU Rights and Protections Bill. 'For the many' It insists there can be no "rolling back" of workplace protections, environmental standards and consumer rights acquired through EU membership and the Bill will not include any measures to limit the lifespan of laws or directives, such as sunset clauses. "This will make sure that all EU-derived laws are fully protected without qualifications or limitations," Sir Keir Starmer will say. "A Labour government will never consider these rights a burden." Labour would negotiate with the remaining 27 EU members in the interests "of the many, not the few", he will claim. "We will approach negotiations in a completely different way to a Tory Brexit. "We will scrap the government's Brexit White Paper and replace it with fresh negotiating priorities that reflect Labour values. "The White Paper will have a strong emphasis on retaining the benefits of the single market and customs union, as Labour knows that is vital to protecting jobs and the economy." Labour has previously set out six tests for a successful Brexit - including maintaining a strong, collaborative relationship with the EU, protecting security co-operation, delivering for the whole of the UK and introducing a fair immigration system. In response, the Conservatives said Jeremy Corbyn was a "weak leader of a divided party who could not get the right deal for the UK". "We have a clear plan for the Brexit negotiations, and every vote for Theresa May will strengthen her hand in those negotiations to get a good deal for the UK," said MP and former minister Dominic Raab. "Only Theresa May and the Conservatives can provide the strong and stable leadership the United Kingdom needs to see us through Brexit and beyond." In a fresh intervention on Tuesday, Mr Blair said the Conservatives' position on Brexit must be "turned against them". Writing in the Guardian, he warned Mr Corbyn "this is not the time to fight a conventional partisan election". View the full article

BBC: Bomb left outside Ardoyne school was designed to kill officers, say police

Bomb left outside Ardoyne school was designed to kill officers, say police 23 April 2017 From the section Northern Ireland Image caption Ch Supt Chris Noble said the device was "sizeable" and an attempt by dissident republicans to kill police officers Police have said a bomb which was left outside the gates of a primary school in north Belfast could have killed or seriously injured. It was discovered by a passing police patrol near Holy Cross Boys' Primary School in Ardoyne in the early hours of Sunday morning. Ch Supt Chris Noble said the device was "sizeable" and an attempt by dissident republicans to kill police officers. He said the lives of the local community had also been put at risk. 'Anti-community' "There's no doubt that device was there to try and kill community police officers on the beat in their local area but also it was left in such a reckless manner and in such a reckless location that it would undoubtedly have led to the death or serious injury of a member of the public had it exploded anywhere near them," he said. "This is an attempt, we believe, by violent dissident republicans to kill police officers but it was also very much an "anti-community act" as well, in terms of where it was located and the way in which it was left." About 20 residents had to leave their homes during the security operation and were given shelter in a nearby community centre. The senior officer said they included "very distressed young children" as well as elderly residents and people with "significant disabilities". They have since been allowed to return home. Image caption The bomb was left outside the gates of Holy Cross Boys' Primary School Northern Ireland Secretary of State, James Brokenshire, said: "I am sickened by this incident with dissident republican terrorists placing a bomb close to a primary school in north Belfast. "This shows their wanton disregard for human life, potentially putting children in danger. "The consequences could have been utterly devastating and it shows them for what they really are." 'Fear' The Sinn Féin North Belfast MLA, Gerry Kelly, also condemned those who had left the bomb in the area. "Those who are involved in this need to get off the people's backs and they need to go away," he said. "The message is as simple and straightforward as that, we could have been dealing with death here, thankfully, we're not." Image caption The Sinn Féin North Belfast MLA, Gerry Kelly, condemned those who had left the bomb in the area SDLP councillor Paul McCusker said the incident had caused distress to those living in the area. "In total there were over 20 homes evacuated," he said. "One young girl, a six-year-old, you could see the fear when you were speaking to her and she said [was] woken up by her mum and had to leave the house. "She told me she actually thought she was dreaming and her and her mum were very frightened." The chair of the Policing Board, Anne Connolly, urged witnesses to help detectives track down those responsible. 'Leaving an explosive device in the heart of the community shows the recklessness of those responsible as anyone could have been caught up in this," she said. "I'm grateful that the device was found and the attempt to harm our police officers thwarted." The school's vice-principal, Chris Donnelly, said: "There was a device that had been left at the entrance to the school which is obviously very disconcerting for people who had to be taken from their beds and moved." He added that a lot of young people gather in the area in the evening. Pupils are due to return to Holy Cross on Monday after the Easter break. View the full article

Emergency Services Network a “tragedy in waiting” as Home Office drops the ball on Airwave

MPs have blasted the government's lack of a robust contingency plan to tackle the delayed deployment of a new Emergency Services Network (ESN)—warning that it represents a "potentially catastrophic blow" to 999 responders and could be "a tragedy in waiting." For something that is meant to be in use shortly I'm yet to hear any positive news. I am inclined to agree with the headline and the rest of the article.

Shocking moment TV builder star of Channel 4’s Renovation Game was ‘beaten with baton and pepper-sprayed by cops after being dragged from his car’

THIS is the moment a TV builder charged with assaulting two police officers appears to be dragged out of his car and beaten by a cop with a “metal bar”. Full Story - The Sun Not sure why The Sun dont call a baton a baton instead of a " metal bar" As for this chap Huntley Thawe he states on his facebook page " the police chose the wrong black man to mess with" it says it all really.

HMIC: Police cannot continue to fill the gaps left by other agencies Police forces are having to pick up the slack as cuts in other public services increase pressure on them, according to Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Sir Thomas Winsor, in a report published today. In his annual State of Policing report, Sir Thomas draws attention to material pressures on police forces in England and Wales, which put the service under strain. The principal pressures he highlights are as a result of: the failures of other public services, especially in respect of children’s and adolescent mental health, too often making the police the service of first resort, long after the chances of effective prevention have been lost; the modern tsunami of online fraud; increased police awareness of crimes against vulnerable people, including the elderly and the sexual exploitation and abuse of children, requiring the devotion of higher specialist police resources; and the fragmented state of police information and communications technology. The report highlights that 18 forces require improvement in at least one of HMIC’s principal inspection themes of effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy. Reflecting on last month’s attack in Westminster, Sir Thomas paid tribute to the bravery of police officers: “Every day and every night, police officers do things that most of us would go out of our way to avoid. This has been illustrated to a tragically graphic extent by the Westminster terrorist attack in which one very brave police officer, PC Keith Palmer, lost his life. “Police officers do a difficult job professionally, conscientiously and compassionately, and they deserve our grateful thanks.” When considering the daily pressures to which the police are subject, Sir Thomas warned against the insidious creep of expecting police forces to be able to deal with the increasing demand caused by a shortage in mental health provision. Sir Thomas said: “The police are considered to be the service of last resort. In some areas, particularly where people with mental health problems need urgent help, the police are increasingly being used as the service of first resort. This is wrong. “The provision of mental healthcare has reached such a state of severity that police are often being used to fill the gaps that other agencies cannot. This is an unacceptable drain on police resources, and it is a profoundly improper way to treat vulnerable people who need care and help. “The obligation of the police is to prevent crime. This is not only because this makes society safer – both in reality and in perception – but also because it is far cheaper to prevent a crime than it is to investigate and arrest the offender after the event. The same is true of mental ill-health, which is not a crime. It is an old adage that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure, and this is particularly true when the cure fails and an emergency intervention is required to protect the safety of an individual in distress and, often, people nearby. By the time depression or some other mental disorder has been allowed to advance to the point that someone is contemplating suicide, or engaging in very hazardous behaviour, many opportunities to intervene will have been missed by many organisations. When that intervention takes place on a motorway bridge or railway line, or when someone is holding a weapon in a state of high distress, the expense to all concerned is far higher than it should be. The principal sufferer is the person who is ill, especially when it is realised that his or her suffering could have been much less or even avoided altogether.” Whilst there are examples of excellence found in the HMIC inspections over the last year, police leaders need to focus more on what matters most, by planning properly for the future, by ensuring that their officers and staff are properly trained, supported and equipped, and by improving the pace of improvement significantly. The report says that the police are particularly far behind many other organisations in the way they use technology. Used well, modern technology should give the police an unprecedented ability to exchange, retrieve and analyse intelligence. Sir Thomas summed up: “The changing nature of crime, and the increasing opportunities to exploit the vulnerability of children and the elderly in particular, creates a greatly intensified need for police leaders to improve their efficiency and effectiveness to prevent crime and deal with offences. “In too many cases, police leaders are still too sluggish in ensuring their plans to meet new demands are sound, particularly in the need to ensure the complete interoperability of law enforcement information and communications systems. “For too long, a culture of insularity, isolationism and protectionism has prevented chief officers from making the most effective use of the technology available to them. The blinkers have to come off.” This year, HMIC has been able to compare year-on-year performance of each police force, and therefore assess the direction of each force and the police service as a whole. Forces are assessed against three broad categories: effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy. Overall, in comparison with 2015: in relation to effectiveness, 10 police forces improved, 26 stayed the same and seven forces declined; in relation to efficiency, six forces improved, 30 stayed the same and seven forces declined; and in relation to legitimacy, four forces improved, 36 stayed the same and three forces declined. Overall, in HMIC inspections, the judgments which are made in relation to the efficiency and effectiveness of the police are predominantly about how well the police use their money and other resources, not about how much funding forces have at their disposal. Across the 43 police forces of England and Wales, four forces were judged to be ‘outstanding’ against one or more of these categories; only one force – Bedfordshire Police – was found to be ‘inadequate’ for one category, but 18 forces were found to ‘require improvement’ in one or more categories. On 12 April 2017, HMIC published assessments by each of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Constabulary on the performance of the 43 police forces in England and Wales over the last year. State of Policing: The Annual Assessment of Policing in England and Wales 2016

Register: 30,000 London gun owners hit by Met Police 'data breach'

London gun owners are asking questions of the Metropolitan Police after the force seemingly handed the addresses of 30,000 firearm and shotgun owners to a direct mail marketing agency for a commercial firm's advertising campaign.

Love Activists move campaign to new Wirral location

Love Activists move campaign to new Wirral location How is possible to break into a building and then for it to be a civil dispute...Surly there are offences like abstract electricity that can be used to arrest the person's inside? Sent from my Moto G (4) using the Police Community App

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