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Awale Olad Apr 14, 2014 4 Comment(s)
Last week’s media coverage was dominated by the Culture Secretary Maria Miller’s difficulties over expenses but under the radar parliamentarians were getting their teeth into other major issues such as citizenship stripping. In an extraordinary turn of events, the House of Lords decided to deprive the Home Secretary Theresa May of more powers to make naturalised British citizens stateless.
When former Justices of the Supreme Court who sit as independent Judges in the House of Lords begin intervening on government policy and legislation it’s one of the first signs of a government initiative destined to fail. Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood, a Crossbench Judge, said that it was ‘a matter of fundamental principle’ that deprivation of citizenship be fully scrutinised by a committee of Peers and MPs before allowing Theresa May to have the power to make British citizens of migrant origin stateless. Lord Brown said:
Awale Olad Mar 3, 2014 11 Comment(s)
The latest quarterly statistics from the independent Office of National Statistics found net migration soaring to 212,000 by the year ending September 2013. The Home Office’s response was that it was cracking down on the abuse of ‘freedom of movement’.
Ruth Grove-White Feb 10, 2014 14 Comment(s)
James Brokenshire MP today begins his first day in the new job as Immigration Minister following Mark Harper's resignation over the weekend. So what would we like him to do in his new role?
The news over the weekend that the UK’s Immigration Minister has resigned will have come as a something of a surprise to many – not least the government itself. Mark Harper was widely viewed by the government as a safe pair of hands. He was tasked with safely steering the ship on this most volatile of ministerial briefs towards the next general election and, in particular, guiding the controversial Immigration Bill onto the statute book.
Awale Olad Feb 3, 2014 30 Comment(s)
MPs debate last minute new clauses to the flagship 'hostile' Immigration Bill with some amendments causing a massive rebellion against Prime Minister David Cameron's government.
Theresa May introduced a last minute amendment to the Immigration Bill that damaged Nigel Mills’ chance of further unsettling the government’s nerve over this already cluttered legislation.  The new amendment would extend the Home Secretary’s ability to strip the citizenship of naturalised immigrants if they are ‘not conducive to the public good’. Unsurprisingly, this amendment was debated for the longest period of time, which meant most other amendments weren’t addressed.  The Home Secretary has, since the early 1980s, had the ability to strip the citizenship of British nationals and this amendment allows her to use it a lot more often - so there was nothing new here.
Awale Olad Dec 16, 2013
Nigel Mills MP, the initiator of the amendment that slowed down the government’s flagship ‘hostile’ Immigration Bill, accused his colleagues in the government of “tactically deciding not to debate the Immigration Bill before Christmas”.
Natasha Engel MP, the Chair of the Backbench Business Committee, reluctantly awarded a Westminster Hall debate after arguing with the Mills et al deputation that a debate on the wording of the amendment on extending the transitional restrictions on potential economic migrants from Bulgaria and Romania could not be justified if those same restrictions were set to be lifted on 1 January 2014.
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