Paul Everitt: CEO of the ADS Group

Defence and security sectors see “clear benefit” in UK remaining part of the European Union

In a detailed analysis carried out on behalf of leading trade body the ADS Group, an economic assessment conducted by KPMG has demonstrated that the UK’s membership of the European Union (EU) delivers key benefits for our defence, security, aerospace and space sectors....
Posted On 13 Jun 2015
Shami Chakrabarti: director of Liberty

Liberty and Big Brother Watch back calls for overhaul of State surveillance laws

Civil liberties and Human Rights campaigning organisations Liberty and Big Brother Watch have jointly welcomed the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation’s call for a fundamental overhaul of the laws governing State surveillance outlined in the Investigatory Powers Review....
Posted On 11 Jun 2015

Investigatory Powers Review highlights law that’s “fragmented, obscure and under constant challenge”

This morning in Parliament, Prime Minister David Cameron published the much-anticipated report of the Investigatory Powers Review. Entitled ‘A Question of Trust’, the document was submitted by David Anderson QC, the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation and a debate...
Posted On 11 Jun 2015
The United Nations Security Council Ministerial Briefing on Foreign Terrorist Fighters has called on Member States to increase reporting of information to – and their use of – Interpol’s databases to help identify, monitor or prevent the transit of foreign terrorist fighters

“Unprecedented” foreign terrorist fighter threat “requires global action” urges Interpol’s leader

Addressing the United Nations Security Council ministerial briefing on foreign terrorist fighters, Interpol Secretary General Jürgen Stock has stated that countries need to “share even more information, and share it even better”. Stock told the high-level meeting that...
Posted On 31 May 2015
The Queen's Speech formed part of the State Opening of Parliament

Queen’s Speech 2015: Plans for repeal of Human Rights Act “on hold”

The new Conservative Government has seemingly delayed its proposed plans to replace the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. While many of the Conservative’s General Election Manifesto commitments appeared in the legislative agenda, t...
Posted On 27 May 2015
Eddie Hirst: Director of Risk at Mitie TSM

Critical Security Environments: the sector-based approach

A string of international incidents of late have served to highlight the considerable importance of national security for the UK. Whether they be in the form of terrorist alerts, severe weather or power outages, developing threats are affecting businesses more than ever before....
Posted On 18 May 2015
Downing Street was the venue for National Security Council discussions on a proposed Counter-Extremism Bill

Plans for Counter-Extremism Bill discussed at inaugural meeting of new National Security Council

Plans for a new Counter-Extremism Bill topped the agenda at yesterday’s first meeting of the new National Security Council (NSC), chaired by Prime Minister David Cameron in Downing Street. Putting British values at the heart of the new Government’s approach to tackling...
Posted On 14 May 2015
RUSI's headquarters in London's Whitehall

“Stimulate private investment to sustain critical security and intelligence R&D” urges RUSI

Ahead of a Strategic Defence and Security Review due to take place later on this year, the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) report entitled The Future of Research and Development in the UK’s Security and Intelligence Sector explores the UK’s...
Posted On 05 May 2015
Ed Miliband: Leader of the Opposition

Labour Party vows to create safer communities if General Election vote is won

Plans for policing, justice reform, tackling the extremist threat, national defence and security, the Armed Forces and cyber security are all covered in some detail within the Labour Party’s 84-page 2015 General Election Manifesto. Brian Sims reviews the main points to note...
Posted On 17 Apr 2015
Business Minister Matthew Hancock and Defence Minister Philip Dunne officially open the Defence Growth Partnership's UK Defence Solutions Centre at the Cody Technology Park in Farnborough, Hampshire

Government ministers open pioneering UK Defence Solutions Centre in Farnborough

Business minister Matthew Hancock and defence minister Philip Dunne have officially opened the Defence Growth Partnership’s (DGP) UK Defence Solutions Centre at the Cody Technology Park in Farnborough, Hampshire. As part of the opening, Dunne also announced a £10 million ‘Defence...
Posted On 07 Apr 2015