‘Turing Bill’ for gay pardons fails in Parliament – BBC News

Posted October 24th, 2016 in bills, criminal records, homosexuality, news, pardons, sexual offences by michael

‘A bill that would have wiped clean the criminal records of thousands of gay men has fallen at its first parliamentary hurdle.’

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BBC News, 21st October 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Minister unveils plans to pardon thousands under ‘Turing’s Law’ – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 20th, 2016 in bills, crime, criminal records, homosexuality, pardons, press releases by tracey

‘Thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted of now abolished sexual offences will be posthumously pardoned, Justice Minister Sam Gyimah announced.’

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Ministry of Justice, 20th October 2016

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

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Why the Higher Education and Research Bill must be amended – The Guardian

Posted October 18th, 2016 in bills, education, news, universities by sally

‘The Higher Education and Research Bill has to be amended before it undermines the autonomy and vitality of our universities and the UK research base.’

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The Guardian, 18th October 2016

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Investigatory Powers Bill amended to recognise privacy as ‘a fundamental priority’ – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 14th, 2016 in bills, investigatory powers, news, privacy by sally

‘UK peers have agreed to amend the Investigatory Powers Bill to give specific recognition to privacy as “a fundamental priority”.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th October 2016

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‘Helen’s Law’ to deny unrepentant killers parole backed by MPs – BBC News

Posted October 12th, 2016 in bills, murder, news, parole, rehabilitation by tracey

‘MPs have voted in favour of a new “Helen’s Law” to deny killers parole if they will not reveal where victims’ remains are.’

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BBC News, 11th October 2016

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Sionaidh Douglas-Scott: The ‘Great Repeal Bill’: Constitutional Chaos and Constitutional Crisis? – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘On October 2, Theresa May set out plans for a ‘Great Repeal Bill’ to be included in the next Queen’s Speech. There is very little detail currently available, but it appears this Bill is intended to remove the European Communities Act (ECA) 1972 from the statute book following completion of the Brexit negotiations. It would also incorporate current applicable EU law into an Act of Parliament and then allow the government to decide if/when to repeal, amend or retain individual measures in the future, following Brexit.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 10th October 2016

Source: www.ukconstitutionallaw.org

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New law will let councils opt out of child protection rules – The Independent

Posted October 5th, 2016 in bills, children, local government, news, social services by sally

‘A Government Bill is to give local councils unprecedented new powers to opt out of child protection laws, leading children’s charities to warn that vulnerable children could suffer.’

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The Independent, 5th October 2016

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What is the Great Repeal Bill? The Brexit law to end all EU laws (that we don’t like) – The Independent

Posted October 4th, 2016 in bills, constitutional reform, EC law, legislation, news, repeals by sally

‘The historic proposal aims to end the European Union’s legal supremacy in the UK by converting all EU requirements into British law as soon as Britain exits the bloc.’

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The Independent, 3rd October 2016

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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Adoption and The Children and Social Work Bill – Family Law Week

Posted September 16th, 2016 in adoption, bills, children, news, social services by tracey

‘Adrian Barnett-Thoung-Holland, pupil barrister at FOURTEEN, considrs the extent to which the proposed legislation promotes adoption as the preferred model of permanency for children subject to care proceedings.’

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Family Law Week, 15th September 2016

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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Bosses could face jail for failure to prevent fraud – BBC News

Posted September 12th, 2016 in bills, employment, fraud, money laundering, news, tax evasion by sally

‘Company bosses could be prosecuted for failing to stop their staff committing fraud under new laws being considered by ministers.’

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BBC News, 12th September 2016

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Wales moves to replace stamp duty with new land transaction tax – The Guardian

Posted September 12th, 2016 in bills, news, stamp duty, taxation, Wales by sally

‘The first new Welsh tax for almost 800 years is to be outlined in a bill expected to be introduced on Monday.’

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The Guardian, 12th September 2016

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Justice Secretary Liz Truss casts doubt on prison reforms – BBC News

Posted September 8th, 2016 in bills, human rights, news, prisons by tracey

‘Justice Secretary Liz Truss has appeared to cast doubt on plans for a sweeping reform of prisons in England and Wales proposed by her predecessor, Michael Gove.’

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BBC News, 7th September 2016

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‘Hillsborough Law’ drafted by victims’ families’ legal team – BBC News

Posted September 8th, 2016 in bills, inquests, inquiries, news, police by tracey

‘Lawyers for the relatives of 96 people who died at Hillsborough have drafted a new law to compel public officials to tell the truth at inquiries.’

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BBC News, 8th September 2016

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Review finds ‘proven’ or ‘distinct’ operational case for bulk surveillance powers – OUT-LAW.com

‘There is a “proven operational case” for most of the bulk surveillance powers the UK government wishes to provide UK intelligence agencies in the proposed new Investigatory Powers Bill, the UK’s independent reviewer of terrorism legislation has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 22nd August 2016

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UK bill of rights will not be scrapped, says Liz Truss – The Guardian

Posted August 23rd, 2016 in bills, human rights, legislation, news by sally

‘A British bill of rights will go ahead as promised, the justice secretary, Liz Truss, has said, though she refused to give a timeframe for any detailed proposals.’

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The Guardian, 22nd August 2016

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Internet spying powers backed by review – BBC News

‘Britain’s spies should be allowed to continue harvesting large amounts of data from emails, the government’s reviewer of terror legislation said.’

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BBC News, 19th August 2016

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New doubts over human rights law reform – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 12th, 2016 in bills, EC law, human rights, news, prisons, referendums, Scotland by sally

‘A draft British bill of rights prepared by the former justice secretary Michael Gove has been rejected by the prime minister, a newspaper reported this morning – prompting speculation that the long-promised reform could be abandoned.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 10th August 2016

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What you’re reading should be no business of the police – but our freedom of expression is at risk – The Independent

‘Think carefully before you pack your holiday reading. As The Independent reported earlier this week, Faizah Shaheen was detained under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act last month after cabin crew on her Thomson Airways flight spotted her reading a book about Syria.’

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The Independent, 7th August 2016

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Part 1: the Prevent Duty for Universities – Cloisters

‘In this article I deal with the basics of the legal framework for the Prevent Duty. The simplest way of thinking about the Prevent Duty is visualisation. Imagining that you are the character at which Dirty Harry is pointing his gun in that film while uttering the words: “You’ve got to ask yourself one question: “do I feel lucky?”… Well do you punk?” The government has attempted to shift the publicity and legal risks from itself to the universities by use of the Prevent Duty. On the face of it universities have a dilemma: how to have due regard to the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism, whilst taking all reasonably practicable steps to ensure free speech and academic freedom.’

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Cloisters, 26th July 2016

Source: www.cloisters.com

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Restrictions on access to internet connection records agreed by UK peers – OUT-LAW.com

‘New UK surveillance laws will restrict access to people’s internet connection records (ICRs) further than was originally proposed after amendments to the Investigatory Powers Bill were approved in the UK parliament.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th July 2016

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