Simon Israel , Senior Home Affairs Correspondent

Simon Israel is a Senior Home Affairs Correspondent for Channel 4 News.

Robustly independent reporting on home affairs. Covers crime, police, terrorism, legal, race, immigration, social justice, prisons.Award winning films on terrorism, G20 protests, Stephen Lawrence, illegal immigration, suicides in prisons.

Simon Israel has been home affairs correspondent since 1998. He's broken a number of exclusives, including the resignation of the officer in charge of counter terrorism, racism in the crown prosecution service, the abuse of restraint methods on detained children, the Government's resettlement programme for refugees.

"My objective is to try to come at stories from an original perspective but one which resonates with the viewer and challenges the establishment."

  • 24 Apr 2018

    It’s not just the older immigrants from the Caribbean who have been caught up in this Windrush scandal. Some of their children and grandchildren have found themselves denied British citizenship too. In a different context Theresa May once lambasted people she called the ‘citizens of nowhere’, but has she in effect created such citizens of…

  • 19 Apr 2018

    They should be in no doubt of their right to remain: this from the Home Secretary tonight after a deal with Caribbean leaders over the Windrush fiasco. And a promise, finally, of security to those who came here as children and have lived here ever since. After talks with the High Commissioners from Barbados and St…

  • 18 Apr 2018

    The mother of a Windrush child has called on Theresa May to reflect on what she is doing to the country after her 58-year-old son was found dead last month.

  • 17 Apr 2018

    The improbable juxtaposition of Commonwealth heads of government, 12 of them from the Caribbean, being in London on the very day that this vast controversy erupted, has deepened the scale of the row.

  • 16 Apr 2018

    The government has admitted the way it has treated people who came to the UK from the Caribbean as children before 1973 was a mistake and apologised. There were angry exchanges in parliament as the Home Secretary Amber Rudd admitted that immigration policy had been put before the treatment of people.

  • 15 Apr 2018

    It’s thirty six hours since the missiles were aimed at targets in Syria. Today the diplomatic battle returned to centre stage. The Foreign Secretary says it’s been important to show the world that the use of chemical weapons is intolerable, but Boris Johnson admits there’s precious little the Government can do about the humanitarian disaster…

  • 14 Apr 2018

    The Government has already published the detailed legal advice justifying the airstrikes on Syria. This after the Prime Minister defended going ahead without seeking Parliament’s backing.  Mrs May held telephone talks with Presidents Trump and Macron this afternoon – with all three leaders hailing the joint bombing campaign as a “success”. A warning, there are some…

  • 12 Apr 2018

    A dozen Caribbean High Commissioners have called on the British Government to stop treating people who came to the UK as children half a century ago as if they are ‘illegal immigrants’. Their demand follows revelations on this programme about people who arrived and settled in the UK in the 1960s but are now being…

  • 12 Apr 2018

    Since January, Channel 4 News has been reporting the plight of the Windrush kids. They came to UK as children, attended British schools, worked British jobs and built British lives. Now thousands of people who arrived in the UK decades ago – in the first wave of Commonwealth immigration in the 1950s and 60s – are living with the threat of deportation.

  • 4 Apr 2018

    “I feel like an alien, I’ve had sleepless nights and fears of a knock at the door”. Not the words of a fugitive, but a father and grandfather who’s lived in the UK for 57 years. Michael Braithwaite was a child when he came here from Barbados in 1961. But he’s become one of thousands…

  • 29 Mar 2018

    The Ministry of Justice has admitted responsibility for submitting an incomplete dossier to the Parole Board panel which decided to release the black cab rapist John Worboys. But it said that the Parole Board did have sufficient evidence to conclude that Worboys should have stayed behind bars. The former head of the Parole Board, who was…

  • 28 Mar 2018

    A Parole Board decision to release the rapist John Worboys has been overturned by three high court judges after a legal challenge by two victims. The chairman of the Parole Board, Nick Hardwick, was forced to resign after Justice Secretary David Gauke said his position had become untenable.

  • 27 Mar 2018

    When the suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated his device at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena last May, 22 people were killed and more than 100 were injured. Today it’s been revealed that there was serious confusion among firefighters responding to the attack, which led to a two-hour delay in them reaching the…

  • 16 Mar 2018

    The Home Office says it will not support legislation which would make it easier for refugee families to be reunited in the UK. MPs today voted in favour of a private member’s bill which would allow child refugees to sponsor relatives to join them and would restore legal aid in such cases in England and…

  • 11 Mar 2018

    A week after the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in Salisbury, hundreds of people who went to the city’s Zizzi restaurant or the Mill pub have been told to wash their clothes and possessions. The risk is very low, but some members of the public want to know why the advice wasn’t issued earlier.