Prime Minister to extend rights for parents to have children’s passports cancelled

Automatic passport readers London Stansted airport

AFTER David Cameron announced on October 19 that an extra £5 million (€6.5 million) would be given to moderate Muslim groups and charities, he is expected to make a further statement this week advising that parents will now be able to ask for the passports of their children aged 16 and 17 to be cancelled if they fear the youngsters are at risk of radicalisation.

Currently, parents are able to ask for this if the child is under 16 but the 16 and 17-year-olds are both vulnerable and of more interest to extremists. In addition, the prime minister is expected to announce that anyone convicted for extremist activity will be automatically barred from working with children and vulnerable people.

Whilst the opposition does not oppose these measures, they have made it clear that they expect the new rules to be handled effectively and fairly.

In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, commenting on the anticipated announcement, Home Secretary Theresa May said that the passport measure had only been used by ‘a small number’ of parents since July, but it was part of a package of new powers that would help tackle extremism.

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    • kay peukert

      20 October 2015 • 10:33

      5million to bloody muslim groups and charities.
      I always was told charity begins at home.
      Despite Camerons going on Tv and saying that he will make sure pensioners get their benefits where ever they live – he lied. I was getting 35.07 a week as gov said I did not have enough to live on.
      Social in Denia sent ALL my details by fax to get me health cover.In october I was still waiting and DWP sent a fax of cover to my local town hall.
      DWP acknowledged everything and I still got pension credits till 17th feb his year – 2nd september I received a letter from DWP threatening me and telling me i had 19weeks from oct to feb to pay back plus 50pound fine for non deisclosure. I landed up in hospital over it. a phone call got no where and ‘DAVE’ said would get back in five days. I have not heard a word- i sent a letter when I got out of hospital and do not know if I will get my 463.12p pension and have bills of over 1,000€ plus over draft to the limit- thanks cameron


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