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# UK
UK government's plans to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda are lawful, according to High Court
Two senior judges gave their decision in a ruling today.
# Priti Patel
UK Home Secretary says ECHR decision to ground migrant flight to Rwanda was politically motivated
The Cabinet minister has previously said the Government ‘will not be put off by the inevitable last-minute legal challenges’.
# UK
How has the European Court of Human Rights grounded the UK’s Rwanda plan?
The first flight due to send asylum seekers on a one-way trip to Rwanda did not take off following an interim ruling by the Strasbourg court.
# Refugees
UK judge allows government to send asylum seekers to Rwanda
Home Secretary Priti Patel said the government will now continue to deliver “on progressing our world-leading Migration Partnership”.
# Refugees
Charities say Rwanda plan not deterring ‘desperate’ migrants crossing Channel to UK
Small boat journeys from France to the UK began again on Sunday after a break of more than a week.
# Immigration
Rwanda president says UK asylum seeker deal 'not trading in humans'
The agreement has attracted criticism from rights groups, opposition figures in Britain and Rwanda, and the United Nations.
# Wikileaks
UK court formally issues order to extradite Julian Assange to US
The decision now rests with Home Secretary Priti Patel.
# migrant crossings
DUP's Sammy Wilson voices support for UK plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda
Potential asylum seekers arriving across the English Channel on small boats could be sent to Rwanda for processing.
# Patel Policy
Tory minister denies UK is ‘outsourcing’ migrant responsibilities to Rwanda
The Archbishop of Canterbury has accused the UK of “subcontracting out [its] responsibilities” in a manner “opposite the nature of God”.
# Immigration
UK's Rwanda immigration policy ‘about saving this Government’s skin’, says charity
Priti Patel unveiled the Government’s new direction over immigration this week.
# Priti Patel
UK's asylum seeker deal with Rwanda not comparable with Australia’s policy, Home Secretary says
Boris Johnson’s government has announced a new policy that will see asylum seekers sent to Rwanda for processing.
# Visa requirements
Priti Patel urged to do more to help Ukrainians go to the UK
The UK announced a limited series of changes to the visa regime for Ukrainian refugees today.
# Gay Rights
'Lives were ruined': State moves closer to exonerating men convicted of homosexual 'offences'
Ireland could follow the UK’s lead and exonerate gay men later this year.
Ireland could follow the UK's lead and exonerate gay men later this year, Órla Ryan reports
A working group is set to submit a progress report to the Justice Minister this month and its final report later this year
Hundreds of gay men were convicted under laws later repealed when homosexuality was decriminalised in 1993
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# david amess
Police could guard MP surgeries to keep them safe, Priti Patel says
It comes after Conservative MP David Amess was stabbed to death at a meeting with constituents on Friday.
# Sarah Everard
Priti Patel backs emergency phone service to protect women as they walk home
The Mail reported the new “walk me home” service could be in operation by Christmas.
# Inquiry
Priti Patel announces inquiry into ‘systematic failures’ after Sarah Everard murder
Priti Patel was speaking at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester.
# Brexit
British Christmas meats ‘under threat amid shortage of butchers’
Priti Patel, the British Home Secretary, is said to be opposed to recruiting personnel from outside the UK to fill the workers gap.
# London
Met Police must answer ‘serious questions’ over Sarah Everard case, Patel says
The UK Home Secretary continued to back Cressida Dick amid calls for her resignation.
# 1974
Birmingham pub bombings families ‘closer than we ever have been’ to public inquiry
Julie Hambleton was among those who met with Priti Patel today.
# street harassment
UK could ban wolf whistling as part of new laws against street harassment
The UK Government strategy is set to be announced later today.
# Channel Crossing
Migrants arriving in UK without permission could soon face four years in prison
People smugglers may also face life sentences under the tough new laws.
# Asylum Seekers
Priti Patel defends overhaul of UK asylum seeker rules amid allegations plan is 'inhumane'
The British Home Secretary’s new plan for immigration will be set out later today.
# Migration
UK and France sign agreement to prevent migrant crossings in English Channel
The number of French police officers patrolling a 150km stretch of coastline is to be doubled.
# Investigation
Priti Patel apologises for upset caused by her behaviour following report into bullying allegations
A government statement said Boris Johnson has ‘full confidence’ in Patel.
# Investigation
Draft report into Priti Patel bullying allegations found she broke the UK's ministerial code
An investigation was launched in March over allegations that Patel belittled colleagues and clashed with officials.
# Terrorist threat
UK raises terror threat level to ‘severe’ following Vienna attack
The Home Secretary Priti Patel said the escalation meant an attack was now ‘highly likely’.
# Public Inquiry
UK Home Secretary to meet with Birmingham pub bombings families amid calls for new inquiry
In April 2019, an inquest jury found a botched IRA warning call led to the deaths of 21 people unlawfully killed in the atrocity in 1974.
# Border Force
UK's Home Office asks for Navy's help in dealing with migrants crossing the English Channel
The Home Office said more than 130 migrants made it to the UK in 13 boats yesterday.
# London
Priti Patel condemns ‘unacceptable thuggery’ as ‘statue protectors’ clash with police
Hundreds of people converged on Parliament Square in London today after far-right groups, including Britain First, called on supporters to guard the monuments.
# black lives matter
UK police investigate after protesters throw statue of slave-trader MP into Bristol harbour
A crowd which had joined a Black Lives Matter protest in Bristol tore down the statue of Edward Colston.
# Covid-19
Johnson praises NHS for saving his life as nurses told to refuse to work 'as last resort' over PPE
More than 20 NHS staff are believed to have died from Covid-19.
# fresh allegations
Boris Johnson ‘sticking by’ UK Home Secretary Priti Patel amid 'tsunami of staff bullying allegations'
A spokesman for Patel said that she “categorically denies” all of the allegations made against her.
# bullying claims
Priti Patel expresses ‘regret’ at resignation of Home Office civil servant after bullying claims
The Home Secretary urged staff in the department to come together as ‘one team’ after she was accused of bullying subordinates.
# Allegations
Johnson asks Cabinet Office to ‘establish the facts’ over Priti Patel allegations
Michael Gove confirmed the action being taken following an urgent question from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
# sir philip rutnam
Top UK civil servant resigns and accuses Priti Patel of 'vicious' campaign against him
Sir Philip Rutnam reportedly was offered the chance to “go quietly” with a payoff, but chose to launch a stinging rebuke of Patel instead.
# taking back control
UK unveils new points-based immigration system as Home Secretary is questioned whether her parents would qualify
Business groups have said the new immigration system could spell disaster for many industries.
# isis
Jihadi bride Shamima Begum cannot come back to UK, Home Secretary Priti Patel says
Shamima Begum was 15 when she and two friends left London to marry Islamic State fighters in Syria in 2015.
# Brexit
UK's Home Secretary says freedom of movement with the EU will end immediately after Brexit
A spokesperson said free movement will end overnight on 31 October if a deal is not agreed upon.
# bojo's team
Food shortages in Ireland and Huawei leaks: The controversial figures in Johnson's Cabinet
The new prime minister chose a Cabinet that is fiercely Brexiteer, with many of them under fire for previous controversies.
# Priti Patel
Sinn Féin blasts 'reckless' Tory MP's suggestion to use food shortages in Ireland as leverage against backstop
Mary Lou McDonald suggested that someone should buy Priti Patel a history book.