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Daily and Sunday Politics manifesto tracker: Law and order

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Welcome to the Daily and Sunday Politics manifesto tracker. As the name suggests, it tracks the progress the government is making - or not - in achieving the promises made by the Conservatives in their 2015 general election manifesto and major policy announcements.

The traffic light scorecard above shows the current status of all of the policies. The tracker will be updated over the course of this parliament.

The tracker has been broken down into policy areas, which can be explored by clicking on each of the links below.

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This section deals with law and order. This is a partly-devolved policy area: read more here.

LAW AND ORDER

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New banning orders for extremist organisations

- Manifesto, page 63

  • These proposals were included in the 2016 Queen's Speech and are expected to be part of a new Counter-Extremism and Safeguarding Bill

To restrict the harmful activities of extremist individuals, we will create new Extremism Disruption Orders

- Manifesto, page 63

  • These proposals were included in the 2016 Queen's Speech and are expected to be part of a new Counter-Extremism and Safeguarding Bill
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Keep up to date the ability of the police and security services to access communications data

- Manifesto, page 63

  • The Investigatory Powers Bill, which will give security services powers to access and collect communications data, is currently progressing through Parliament

A new Victims' Law that will enshrine key rights for victims, including the right to make a personal statement and have it read in court before sentencing - and before the Parole Board decides on a prisoner's release

- Manifesto, page 59

  • A revised Victims' Code came into force on 16 November but a Victims' Law was not included in the 2016 Queen's Speech.
  • The government says it is committed to introducing measures to increase the rights of victims and that the Ministry of Justice is currently working on policy development in this area

Introduce a new law that will pardon lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who have been charged with gross indecency

-Manifesto, page 46

  • The Ministry of Justice says it is committed to introducing statutory pardons for deceased persons convicted of historic gay offences. Those who are still living are able to apply for a "disregard" under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
  • SNP MP John Nicolson, who topped the Private Members' Bill ballot in May 2016, has put forward a bill to pardon people with historic convictions for being gay. The Sexual Offences (Pardons Etc.) Bill is due to have its second reading in October 2016
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We will improve the diversity of police recruitment - especially of black and ethnic minority officers - by supporting the development of new direct entry and fast-track schemes such as Police Now

- Manifesto, page 59

  • As home Secretary Theresa May gave a speech on 22 October 2015 in support of the schemes mentioned
  • Official statistics show that on 31 March 2016, 5.9% of police officers were ethnic minority officers, up from 5.5% on 31 March 2015

Create a blanket ban on all new psychoactive substances, protecting young people from exposure to so-called 'legal highs'

- Manifesto, page 59

  • The blanket ban was contained in the Psychoactive Substances Act which received Royal Assent in January 2016

Extend the scope of the Unduly Lenient Scheme, so a wider range of sentences can be challenged

- Manifesto, page 60

  • The commitment was repeated in the Attorney General's Office 2015-16 business plan. The government says a legislative vehicle is being considered but so far has not come forward with specific proposals

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