Human rights must be protected against the abuse of power – The Guardian

Posted May 16th, 2016 in bills, constitutional law, devolution, human rights, news by sally

‘The Tories’ British bill of rights could deprive victims of the right to seek redress. It must be fought.’

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The Guardian, 16th May 2016

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British bill of rights could ‘unravel’ constitution, say MPs – The Guardian

‘The government’s proposed bill of rights will hamper the fight against crime, undermine the UK’s international moral authority and could start “unravelling” the constitution, a cross-party parliamentary committee is warning.’

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The Guardian, 9th May 2016

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Robert Thomas: Local Government Devolution in England – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘At last, devolution is happening in England, but there are some areas of concern especially as regards the lack of public engagement and the legal framework.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 2nd March 2016

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‘English votes’ rules used for first time in House of Commons – BBC News

Posted January 13th, 2016 in bills, devolution, news, parliament by sally

‘New “English votes for English laws” rules have been implemented in the House of Commons for the first time.’

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BBC News, 12th January 2016

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Speech by the Lord Chief Justice: The Law of Wales – Looking Forward – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted November 2nd, 2015 in devolution, speeches, Wales by tracey

‘Speech by the Lord Chief Justice at the Legal Wales Conference 9 October 2015.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 23rd october 2015

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Government accused of risking ‘disunited kingdom’ as Commons approves English votes for English laws – Independent

Posted October 23rd, 2015 in bills, devolution, news, parliament, Scotland, veto by michael

‘The Government was accused of risking the creation of  a “disunited kingdom” after the Commons approved an historic change to give English MPs a veto over laws which affect only England.’

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Independent, 22nd October 2015

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English votes for English laws plan ‘to be rewritten’ – BBC News

Posted July 9th, 2015 in bills, devolution, news, parliament by sally

‘Commons leader Chris Grayling says the government is rewriting its plans to give England’s MPs a veto over English laws, with a vote delayed to September.’

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BBC News, 9th July 2015

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Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it – Independent

Posted June 1st, 2015 in bills, constitutional law, devolution, human rights, news, Scotland by michael

Scotland could be allowed to retain the Human Rights Act even if Westminster sidelined the European Court in favour of an “English” Bill of Rights, according to new plans being considered by Michael Gove.

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Independent, 31st May 2015

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Devolution at the heart of UK government’s first legislative programme, expert says – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 29th, 2015 in bills, devolution, local government, news by sally

‘The UK’s new Conservative government will “set in motion the biggest transfer of power from Westminster and Whitehall in history”, an expert has said, after it committed to regional devolution in England and more powers for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 29th May 2015

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Queen’s Speech: ‘English votes for English laws’ plan – BBC News

Posted May 27th, 2015 in constitutional reform, devolution, news, parliament by sally

‘Plans to give MPs from English constituencies an effective veto on laws affecting only England are included in the Queen’s Speech.’

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BBC News, 27th May 2015

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HRA Watch: Reform, Repeal, Replace? Mark Elliott: Could the Devolved Nations Block Repeal of the Human Rights Act and the Enactment of a New Bill of Rights? – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘In my last post on the proposed repeal of the Human Rights Act 1998 and the enactment of a British Bill of Rights, I considered the extent to which the House of Lords might thwart the Government’s plans. My conclusion was that the Lords might plausibly assert itself so as to delay the legislation, traditional understandings of the Salisbury Convention notwithstanding, but that the Parliament Act 1911 clearly deprives the Lords of any absolute veto. What, however, of the devolved nations? Could they block the implementation of the UK Government’s proposals?’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 16th May 2015

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Attorney General Dominic Grieve questions what Tories trying to achieve by replacing Human Rights Act with British Bill of Rights – The Independent

‘The former Attorney General Dominic Grieve has questioned what the Conservative Party is trying to achieve through its plan to replace the Human Rights Act with a new British Bill of Rights.’
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The Independent, 17th May 2015

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HRA Watch: Reform, Repeal, Replace? Tobias Lock: Legal implications of human rights reform in the UK – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted May 15th, 2015 in constitutional law, devolution, news, treaties by tracey

‘The return of a majority Conservative government in last week’s general election in the UK has made the Conservative Party’s plans for reforming human rights law in the United Kingdom a likely prospect. It is recalled that on 3 October 2014, the Conservative Party published its policy document ‘Protecting Human Rights in the UK’ which sets out its proposal to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA) and replace it with a new British Bill of Rights. In addition, the policy document also raised the prospect that the UK might withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 15th May 2015

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News focus: law and justice pledges – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The general election manifestos are in – here’s our quick-fire summary of their headline pledges on law and justice.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th April 2015

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Cameron and Clegg’s powers and funding pledge for Wales – BBC News

Posted February 27th, 2015 in devolution, ministers' powers and duties, news, Wales by tracey

‘David Cameron and Nick Clegg will set out plans to transfer more powers from Westminster to Wales on Friday, after months of cross-party talks. They include guaranteed minimum funding for the Welsh government and allowing ministers in Wales to raise cash from the money markets for major projects.’

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BBC News, 27th February 2015

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The Supreme Court in the United Kingdom Constitution – Lecture by Lady Hale

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Lecture by Lady Hale

The Bryce Lecture, 5th February 2015

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English votes for English laws plan ‘could end hunting ban’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 5th, 2015 in constitutional law, devolution, elections, hunting, news, parliament by sally

‘Constitutional shake-up would shift the balance at Westminster in favour of repealing the Hunting Act 2004, Countryside Alliance believes.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th January 2015

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Consult judges on devolution, says lord chief justice – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 4th, 2014 in bills, devolution, drafting, judges, judiciary, news by sally

‘The lord chief justice has called for judicial engagement in the drafting of new devolution bills that will be brought forward by the next parliament.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd December 2014

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The Judiciary, the Executive and Parliament: Relationships and the Rule of Law – Speech by Lord Chief Justice

The Judiciary, the Executive and Parliament: Relationships and the Rule of Law (PDF)

Speech by Lord Chief Justice

Institute for Government, 1st December 2014

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Speech by Lord Chief Justice: Cardiff Business Club – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted December 1st, 2014 in civil justice, courts, criminal justice, devolution, judiciary, legal aid, speeches, Wales by tracey

‘Speech by The Right Hon. The Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales at the Cardiff Business Club on 3 November 2014.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 27th November 2014

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