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Hundreds of Syrian refugees will be allowed to come to Britain under plans to be announced by the Government on Wednesday.

Nick Clegg's veto threat puts Theresa May's plan for a 'snooper's charter' in crisis

Lib Dem leader says proposals to give police powers to monitor internet use need major 'rethink'

A mock ballot box to encourage people to vote in the Bristol

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Voter turnout for the police commissioner elections was never expected to be high, but at some polling stations not a single vote was cast.

A woman pushes a pushchair past Davenport Methodist Church Polling Station in Stockport as voters go to the polls today to choose England and Wales's first police and crime commissioners

Labour criticises police and crime commissioner elections as Tory candidate Angus Macpherson wins Wiltshire contest

Voters were not given enough information about the police and crime commissioner elections, Labour claimed today as turnout was expected to be as low as 10% in some areas.

Government has made a shambles of police and crime commissioners plans, says Labour

The Government has made “a shambles” of its flagship criminal justice plans for elected police and crime commissioners (PCCs), Labour said today.

'National crisis' in police morale says former head of Met

The former head of the Metropolitan Police has said there is a “national crisis” in police morale after research revealed 95% of serving officers do not feel they have the support of the Government.

Andrew Mitchell's refusal to admit that he had used the word “pleb” led the federation to demand his resignation

Still no relief for Mitchell as police insist he has to go

Andrew Mitchell must either resign or David Cameron should sack him, Police Federation leaders said tonight after talks failed to resolve the row over his abuse of a Downing Street protection officer.

Government refuses to rule out using more troops for Olympic security

The Government today refused to rule out the prospect that more troops will have to be drafted in to the London Olympics in the wake of the G4S security fiasco.

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, was called to the House of Commons to explain the last minute decision to increase the number of troops involved in the games to 17,000.

Theresa May responds to criticism over Olympics security 'shambles'

Home Secretary called to House of Commons amid opposition accusations of 'huge Home Office shambles'

Yvette Cooper: Two-hour waits at passport control 'a disgrace'

With just three weeks until Olympics athletes beginning arriving at Heathrow, people are waiting longer than two hours to pass through immigration control – a situation branded a "disgrace" by the shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper yesterday.

Nick Clegg backs gay church weddings

Churches and other religious premises should be allowed to host gay weddings, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said.

At least 150,000 illegal migrants may still be in UK

At least 150,000 migrants have been refused permission to stay in the UK but the authorities do not know how many have left, a watchdog has warned.

Simon Carr: It was all going bonkers as they bayed for blood

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Theresa May is 'destroying police service' , say officers

The Home Secretary is "on the precipice of destroying a police service that is admired and replicated throughout the world", rank-and-file officers said today.

Theresa May: Abu Qatada deportation is 'closer'

Home Secretary Theresa May insisted today she was "confident" the Government was "closer to the deportation of Abu Qatada than we were two days ago" after the Jordanian terror suspect lost his attempt to make a final appeal to Europe's human rights judges.

Theresa May (l) and Abu Qatada. The Home Secretary is again under fire for her handling of the deportation of the radical cleric.

Government vows to 'vigorously' resist any Qatada bail application

Qatada could be back on British streets within two or three weeks if bail is allowed

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