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This article is part of the Counter-Terrorism Portal project of Spinwatch.

The Home Office is a leading British governmental department that is responsible for policy issues surrounding immigration, passports, drugs, crime, the police and counterterrorism. The current leader of the Home Office is Theresa May (MP). [1]

The Home Office has two main sister departments that are involved in work surrounding immigration, passports and counterterrorism. These are: the Identity and Passport Service and the UK Border Agency.


The Home Office states that its aims and objectives are based on seven key issues:[2]

  • Help people feel safer in their homes and local communities
  • Support visible, responsive and accountable policing
  • Protect the public from terrorist attack
  • Cut crime, especially violent, drug and alcohol-related crime
  • Strengthen our borders, fast track asylum decisions, ensure and enforce compliance with our immigration laws, and boost Britain's economy
  • Safeguard people's identity and the privileges of citizenship
  • Work with our partners to build an efficient, effective and proportionate criminal justice system




  • Norman Baker - Minister of State for Crime Prevention
  • Michael Bates - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Criminal Information

Special Advisers

  • Stephen Parkinson - appointed as special adviser to Theresa May in July 2013, previous jobs include working at the well-connected lobbying agency Quiller and as national organiser of the victorious cross-party NO to AV campaign for the referendum in May 2011. Previously, Stephen worked at the Conservative Central Office, where he worked at the heart of the party's target seats campaign for the 2010 general election. Before that, he was director of research at the Centre for Policy Studies, the free market think-thank. Stephen first worked in the Conservative Research Department, covering the home affairs desk during the 2005 general election. [3]
  • Alex Dawson - appointed as a spad to Theresa May in May 2015. Dawson is a former adviser to David Cameron and 10 Downing Street, helping the Prime Minister prep for PM Questions and taking charge of the party's research department.
  • Liz Sanderson - appointed as a spad to Theresa May in May 2014. Previously a journalist at the Daily Mail.


  • Nick Timothy - was the Home Secretary’s special adviser from 2010 to 2015. Previous roles include deputy director of the Conservative Research Department (2007-10), where he helped to contribute to the 2010 general election manifesto and edited the 2010 edition of the ‘Campaign Guide’; Nick was a member of David Cameron’s PMQs team and the Party’s by-elections team. Earlier in his career Nick worked in the insurance industry. [4]
  • James Sorene

Offices and units


Office for Countering Extremism | Office for Security and Counter Terrorism |

The Home Office orks with 30 agencies and public bodies [5]

Executive non-departmental public body

Disclosure and Barring Service Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority Independent Office for Police Conduct Office of the Immigration Services | Security Industry Authority

Advisory non-departmental public body

Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs Animals in Science Committee Biometrics and Forensics Ethics Group Migration Advisory Committee Police Advisory Board for England and Wales Police Remuneration Review Body Technical Advisory Board


Investigatory Powers Tribunal Police Discipline Appeals Tribunal

Independent monitoring body

Independent Anti-slavery Commissioner


The Adjudicator’s Office Biometrics Commissioner College of Policing Commission for Countering Extremism Forensic Science Regulator HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services | Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration Independent Family Returns Panel Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation | Investigatory Powers Commissioner's Office | National Counter Terrorism Security Office | National Crime Agency Remuneration Review Body | Office for Communications Data Authorisations The Security Service | Surveillance Camera Commissioner


  1. The Home Office: About us, The Home Office - accessed: 11 October 2009
  2. Our Objectives and Values, The Home Office - accessed: 11 October 2009
  3. Stephen Parkinson Zoominfo, accessed 6 October 2014
  4. Nick Timothy University of Cambridge, accessed 6 October 2014
  5. Gov.uk Organisations. Accessed 29 April 2020.