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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

August 24, 2005: Behaviours Leading to Exclusion and Deportation

Home Secretary Charles Clarke has published a list of behaviours that will form the basis for excluding and deporting individuals from the UK. The Home Secretary will use his powers to deport and exclude  those who engage in these types of behaviour. The list of unacceptable behaviours is indicative rather than exhaustive. It covers any non-UK citizen whether in the UKor abroad who uses any means or medium, including:

  • writing, producing, publishing or distributing material;
  • public speaking including preaching;
  • running a website; or
  • using a position of responsibility such as teacher, community or youth leader to express views which:
  • foment, justify or glorify terrorist violence in furtherance of particular beliefs;
  • seek to provoke others to terrorist acts;
  • foment other serious criminal activity or seek to provoke others to serious criminal acts; or
  • foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence in the UK.

Mr Clarke said:

“The terrorist threat facing the UK remains real and significant and it is right that the Government and law enforcement agencies do everything possible to counter it. That includes tackling those who seek to foster hatred or promote terrorism, sending a strong message that they are not welcome in the UK."

“Individuals who seek to create fear, distrust and division in order to stir up terrorist activity will not be tolerated by the Government or by our communities. By publishing the list today I make it absolutely clear that these are unacceptable behaviours, and will be the grounds for deporting and excluding such individuals from the UK."

“The Home Office has received many contributions to this consultation, both from individuals and organisations. We have also taken the views of leaders and members of faith communities... we recognise the sensitivities around the use of these powers and intend to use them in a measured and targeted way. These powers are not intended to stifle free speech or legitimate debate about religions or other issues. Britain is rightly proud of its openness and diversity and we must not allow those driven by extremism of any sort to destroy that tradition.”

A database of individuals around the world who have demonstrated these unacceptable behaviours will be developed and will be available to entry clearance and immigration officers.

Following the consultation, the Home Secretary has modified the list to ensure that it more accurately focuses on the activities the government seek to address. He has also removed ‘the expression of views that the Government considers to be extreme and that conflict with the UK’s culture of tolerance’ from the list of behaviours. He has decided that the other behaviours listed are sufficient to meet the Government’s aims.

The list published today does not give the Home Secretary new powers. It simply sets out some of the types of behaviour that are unacceptable and will normally be grounds on which he will exclude or deport extremists from the UK on the basis that they are not conducive to the public good. The list is not exhaustive, but sets out specific behaviours which, if a person engages in them, can lead them to be excluded.

There is no statutory right of appeal where the Home Secretary applies these powers personally to exclude people before they come to the UK, although individuals can seek a judicial review of his decision. There is a right of appeal where immigration or entry clearance officers refuse entry to the UK on the basis that the Home Secretary has excluded a person. There is also a right of appeal where the Home Secretary, or other Home Office ministers or officials, decide to deport an individual who is already in the UK.