News The actor Daniel Kaluuya is suing Scotland Yard

People from black and minority ethnic backgrounds account for more than half of those strip-searched by the Metropolitan Police in the past three years, according to “extremely alarming” figures collected by the force.

Black shortlists 'would create political apartheid'

Black and Asian Labour MPs have attacked plans by the Government to bring in "all-black" shortlists to boost the number of MPs from ethnic minorities.

Privacy fears as police cleared over bugging

Ministers faced anger over the advance of Britain's "surveillance society" as an official report confirmed that police had bugged a the private conversations of a Labour MP.

MP was bugged in jail visit, says Smith

Conversations between a Labour MP and a constituent of his in prison were bugged, the Government confirmed today.



Pandora: Lembit's feeling spooked

Sadiq Khan isn't the only MP to have had his private conversations bugged. Parliamentary stud muffin Lembit Opik, who dates Cheeky Girl Gabriela Irimia, also reckons he's attracted some unwanted eavesdroppers in the past. "When I was a councillor in the 1990s, I was also involved in a democracy organisation which meant I was dealing with various East European countries," he tells me.

Steve Richards: Our security services lack all scrutiny

There is only one certainty when a murky story erupts about someone being bugged. Amidst the darkness there will be a flurry of warnings that Britain is becoming a police state, similar to the former regimes in eastern Europe. Over the past few days the predictable warnings have swamped the few details in the case involving the bugging of the Labour MP Sadiq Khan.

Intelligence services demand veto on use of bugging evidence

The use of intercept evidence in court for the first time could be stalled by demands from the intelligence services for a right of veto over the use of the transcripts from their secret bugging operations. The CIA is also unhappy that its intercepted phone calls or conversations between suspected terrorists could be produced in British courts.

Brown and Straw branded liars over bugging of Labour whip

Gordon Brown and Jack Straw, the Justice Secretary, have been accused of lying by David Davis, the shadow Home Secretary, over assurances that ministers did not know about the bugging of a private conversation between the Labour MP Sadiq Khan and the suspected terrorist Babar Ahmad.

Andrew Grice: Subversive – or just a supporter of human rights?

Two years ago, I tipped Sadiq Khan in The Independent as a rising star and MP to watch. I didn't know him then, but was reflecting rave reviews by his Labour colleagues. He wrote me a nice letter and offered to buy me lunch, a rare event in my 20 years at Westminster. We got on well and have kept in touch since.

Leading article: Is something bugging you?

A much-needed public debate about covert surveillance has begun, thanks to the allegation that counter-terrorism police officers secretly recorded discussions between the Tooting MP, Sadiq Khan, and a constituent, Babar Ahmad. Mr Khan was visiting Mr Ahmad in Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes, where his constituent is awaiting extradition to the US on charges of supporting terrorism. If their conversation was recorded, this was a breach of the so-called "Wilson Doctrine" which forbids the secret surveillance of MPs without explicit ministerial approval.

Dominic Lawson: Once again, MPs insult our intelligence

The days are over when the Commons could be run as a private club for members

Police officer says he was forced into bugging Muslim MP

A police officer last night claimed he was forced by the Metropolitan Police to carry out the bugging of a meeting in prison between Babar Ahmed, a terrorist suspect, and his MP, Sadiq Khan.

Surveillance chief to probe MP 'bugging'

The Chief Surveillance Commissioner Sir Christopher Rose is to carry out an inquiry into allegations that a conversation between Labour MP Sadiq Khan and an inmate in Woodhill Prison was bugged, the Government confirmed today.

Brown was warned that MP was being bugged, say Conservatives

Gordon Brown was dragged into a row over the alleged bugging of an MP yesterday after the Conservatives claimed they warned him of the practice weeks ago.

Sarah Michelle Gellar: 'I was always different'

At four years old, Sarah Michelle Gellar wanted to be on TV. The Buffy star is just as determined now, finds Lesley O'Toole
News
The Banksy image in Folkestone before it was vandalised
people
Life and Style
tech

Sales of the tablet are set to fall again, say analysts

Sport
football West Brom vs Man Utd match report: Blind grabs point, but away form a problem for Van Gaal
Arts and Entertainment
Gotham is coming to UK shores this autumn
tvGotham, episode 2, review
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Bloom Time: Mira Sorvino
tvMira Sorvino on leaving movie roles for 'The Intruders'
News
First woman: Valentina Tereshkova
peopleNASA guinea pig Kate Greene thinks it might fly
News
Brian Harvey turned up at Downing Street today demanding to speak to the Prime Minister
news

Met Police confirm there was a 'minor disturbance' and that no-one was arrested

Arts and Entertainment
George Lucas poses with a group of Star Wars-inspired Disney characters at Disney's Hollywood Studios in 2010
films

George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios

Voices
Chris Grayling, Justice Secretary: 'There are pressures which we are facing but there is not a crisis'
voices

Does Chris Grayling realise what a vague concept he is dealing with?

Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Vietnam & Cambodia
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Bruges
India & Nepal
Japan
Berlin, Dresden, Meissen & Colditz
Prices correct as of 17 October 2014
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Salisbury ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities

The city is home to one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, along with the world’s oldest mechanical clock
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album