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."

  • 14 Jun 2018

    The Home Office has announced that it is going to relax its own rules and allow more skilled workers from outside the European Union into the UK following complaints from bosses within the National Health Services about a recruitment crisis. At the moment, just over twenty thousand non-EU skilled workers are allowed in each year and…

  • 11 Jun 2018

    A young British woman says she feels vindicated after a man was jailed for almost 17 years by an Italian court for kidnapping her. Chloe Ayling, who’s 20, said she’d been drugged and abducted when she went to Milan for a modelling job in July last year. She was accused of taking part in a…

  • 28 May 2018

    “I am 100 per cent a victim of the hostile environment”. The words of a promising student whose Jamaican born family has been fighting for a decade to remain in the UK. The courts have ordered the Home Office to reconsider its refusal three times. But even in the wake of the Windrush scandal, a…

  • 21 May 2018

    There’s been concern that prosecutors or police have failed to present crucial evidence to defence lawyers which has caused the collapse of a number of trials in recent months. Today a young man was acquitted of rape at Taunton Crown Court after the Crown Prosecution Service failed to hand over thousands of Facebook messages belonging…

  • 16 May 2018

    Inmates at Nottingham Prison may have taken their own lives because they could no longer face conditions there, according to the chief prisons inspector. Peter Clarke said that for too long prisoners there had been held in a dangerous and disrespectful environment. His report found there had been eight self-inflicted deaths at the jail since…

  • 16 May 2018

    Immigration, and our attitude to it, has rarely been out of the headlines, as these revelatory Channel 4 News reports by Simon Israel from the last decade show.

  • 15 May 2018

    For weeks, the Home Office under Amber Rudd said repeatedly that they were not aware of any Windrush deportations,although they were checking. Today, Home Secretary Sajid Javid has admitted that more than 60 people caught up in the Windrush scandal may have been wrongly deported, and there could be more. When he was appointed last…

  • 15 May 2018

    Restraint methods used on asylum seekers found to be excessive

    The restraint methods used on asylum seekers transferred from the UK to other countries has been found to be excessive, unreasonable, and disproportionate according to the chief inspector of prisons months after the Home Office said the practice had stopped. Peter Clarke said they had serious concerns about the way a plane load of detainees were treated…

  • 10 May 2018

    The public inquiry into undercover policing won’t hand it’s final report to the Home Secretary for another 5 years – in 2023. The revelation comes in the publication of a strategic review of the inquiry into 40 years of undercover policing which opened in 2015 and but will only begin to hear evidence in public…

  • 2 May 2018

    The Windrush scandal has brought the UK’s immigration system into the spotlight. But it’s not just those who came over to Britain decades ago who are concerned. Two young women who were born in the Caribbean but have lived here since they were children talk to us about how it feels to not be officially…

  • 2 May 2018

    The number of potential Windrush cases reported to a specialist Home Office unit has now risen to 3,000. The figures were revealed as Labour used a parliamentary debate to try to force the the government to release of all correspondence between ministers, officials and special advisers between May 2010 and 2018 relating to the Windrush…

  • 26 Apr 2018

    Yesterday she said there were no immigration removal targets. Today the Home Secretary Amber Rudd admitted there were – but declared that what she called ”local” targets would now be abolished. Labour accused her of trying to blame officials – again demanding that she resign as the fallout over the Windrush scandal continues. The Home…

  • 25 Apr 2018

    The Windrush scandal dominated proceedings in Westminster today, with Home Secretary Amber Rudd coming under more pressure to resign. Jeremy Corbyn demanded the government rethink what he called its “cruel” immigration policy and get rid of “bogus” targets. Ms Rudd told MPs she bitterly regretted her failure to grasp the scale of the scandal sooner.…

  • 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…