MPs to use Human Rights Act to claim anonymity if arrested by police – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 8th, 2016 in anonymity, disclosure, human rights, inquiries, media, news, parliament, police, privacy by tracey

‘MPs will use human rights laws this week to prevent politicians being named the House of Commons after their arrest.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th February 2016

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MPs to debate whether Financial Conduct Authority is up to job of regulating City – The Guardian

Posted February 1st, 2016 in banking, financial regulation, financial services ombudsman, news, parliament by tracey

‘The Financial Conduct Authority is expected to face criticism on Monday when MPs debate a motion on whether it is up to the job of regulating behaviour in the City.’

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The Guardian, 31st January 2016

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Lords defeat for ministers over disability benefit cuts – BBC News

Posted January 28th, 2016 in benefits, bills, disabled persons, news, parliament, social security by sally

‘The government has been defeated in the Lords over plans to cut the benefits of people with illness and disabilities.’

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BBC News, 27th January 2016

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There are sound reasons to oppose a ‘love tax’ – once again the Lords is our best protection – The Independent

Posted January 27th, 2016 in benefits, families, news, parliament by sally

‘The background to stories of conflict between the two Houses of Parliament has changed during our lifetime. A generation ago, unelected members of the Upper House were notorious for streaming into London from their country seats to vote in vast numbers in favour of reactionary measures like the notorious poll tax, from which they stood to gain handsomely.’

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The Independent, 26th January 2016

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MPs’ code of conduct to include test for damage caused by sleaze scandals – The Guardian

Posted January 22nd, 2016 in news, parliament, professional conduct by sally

‘The code of conduct for MPs is being reviewed, with the possibility of a new test of whether a politician caught up in a sleaze scandal has damaged the reputation of the House of Commons.’

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2016

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No case for rewriting FoI Act, says information commissioner – The Guardian

‘Advice given to ministers by civil servants should not be excluded from freedom of information legislation, according to the official responsible for overseeing the workings of the act.’

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The Guardian, 20th January 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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Theresa May faces scrutiny over snooper’s charter implications – The Guardian

Posted January 13th, 2016 in bills, internet, investigatory powers, news, parliament, privacy, telecommunications by sally

‘MPs and peers are to challenge the home secretary, Theresa May, on the privacy implications and detailed operation of her snooper’s charter legislation when she appears before the bill’s parliamentary scrutiny committee.’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2016

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Regina (Barda) v Mayor of London (on behalf of the Greater London Authority) – WLR Daily

Regina (Barda) v Mayor of London (on behalf of the Greater London Authority) [2015] EWHC 3584 (Admin); [2015] WLR (D) 548

‘The place, manner and form of a protest may be important in determining whether there has been an infringement of a protester’s rights to freedom of expression and assembly, but were not necessarily so.’

WLR Daily, 18th December 2015

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Fracking under national parks backed by MPs – BBC News

Posted December 17th, 2015 in energy, news, parliament, regulations by tracey

‘MPs have voted to allow fracking for shale gas 1,200m below national parks and other protected sites. The new regulations – which permit drilling from outside the protected areas – were approved by 298 to 261.’

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BBC News, 16th December 2015

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Lords veto powers ‘to be curtailed’ – BBC News

Posted December 17th, 2015 in constitutional reform, news, parliament, regulations, veto by tracey

‘David Cameron is preparing to use the full force of the law to clip the wings of the House of Lords after it blocked his welfare cuts, the BBC has learned. A review will say peers should lose their absolute veto over detailed laws known as secondary legislation. Peers will instead be offered a new power to send these laws back to the Commons, forcing MPs to vote again – but will only be able to do this once.’

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BBC News, 16th December 2015

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Lords reject attempt to lower EU referendum voting age to 16 – The Guardian

Posted December 15th, 2015 in children, elections, news, parliament, referendums by sally

‘Sixteen- and 17-year-olds will not be given the vote in the the planned EU referendum, after peers succumbed to a government demand and voted to reject an extension of the franchise.’

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The Guardian, 14th December 2015

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MPs overturn Lords bid to ​give 16- and​​ 17-year-olds right to vote – The Guardian

Posted December 9th, 2015 in bills, EC law, elections, news, parliament, referendums, young persons by sally

‘Labour lords are preparing to defy the House of Commons after it blocked their proposals to let 16- and 17-year-olds vote in the EU referendum.’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2015

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Graham John Wheeler: When Should the Lords Reject Secondary Legislation? – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘On 26 October 2015, the House of Lords debated the Tax Credits (Income Thresholds and Determination of Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 2015. The Regulations were approved, but subject to two riders. Critics claimed that these riders constituted “fatal” amendments, and that they were therefore tantamount to a rejection of the legislation. It was argued that it is constitutionally improper for the House of Lords to reject financial legislation in this way.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 7th December 2015

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Call for fewer Church of England bishops in House of Lords – BBC News

‘The number of Church of England bishops who sit as peers in the House of Lords should be cut to make way for leaders of other faiths, a new report argues.’

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BBC News, 7th December 2015

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Theresa May accused of rushing surveillance bill through back door – The Guardian

Posted November 27th, 2015 in bills, intelligence services, internet, investigatory powers, news, parliament by sally

‘The home secretary, Theresa May, has been accused of fast-tracking her “snooper’s charter” legislation by the back door after giving a scrutiny committee of MPs and peers only three weeks to consider the 299-page bill.’

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The Guardian, 26th November 2015

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Former MP Tim Yeo loses Sunday Times cash claim libel bid – BBC News

Posted November 26th, 2015 in codes of practice, defamation, media, news, parliament by tracey

‘Former Conservative MP Tim Yeo has lost his libel case against The Sunday Times over a “cash for advocacy” claim.’

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BBC News, 25th November 2015

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Human rights group challenges Government’s change to ministerial code – Daily Telegraph

‘Rights Watch UK describes the Government’s bid to the change the code – which sets out standards expected from ministers – to disregard international law was ‘seriously concerning’.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th 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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IPT rules on interception of Parliamentarians’ communications – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 20th, 2015 in interception, investigatory powers, news, parliament, tribunals by sally

‘If parliamentarians are seen to be taking a more forensic interest in matters of surveillance in the coming weeks and months, the reason is unlikely to be purely down to the publication of the greatly anticipated surveillance legislation. Last week’s Investigatory Powers Tribunal judgment has sent ripples of discontent through both Houses of Parliament, evidenced in immediate calls for an emergency debate on the subject (scheduled to take place in the House of Commons later today).’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 19th October 2015

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