What is the Wilson doctrine? The story behind MPs’ protection from snooping – The Guardian

‘The convention, outlined by former Labour PM Harold Wilson, says intelligence agencies should not bug MPs, but that hasn’t stopped such behaviour occurring.’

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The Guardian, 23rd July 2015

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Surveillance of MPs’ data challenged – BBC News

‘Three politicians will challenge the lawfulness of the intelligence services’ bulk interception of electronic data at a hearing later.’

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BBC News, 23rd July 2015

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Right-to-buy battle looms in Lords – The Guardian

Posted July 20th, 2015 in bills, budgets, charities, housing, local government, news, parliament, rent, statistics by tracey

‘The Tories’ plan to extend the right to buy to housing association tenants will face stiff opposition in the House of Lords this week, amid growing concern that it will compromise the independence of charities and add hugely to government debt.’

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The Guardian, 18th July 2015

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MP privacy rules broken ‘deliberately’ in jail phone monitoring – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 17th, 2015 in interception, news, parliament, prison officers, prisons, privacy by tracey

‘Independent report reveals new details of how prison officers listened in to telephone calls between MPs and prisoners from their constituencies.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th July 2015

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High court to rule on MPs’ claim that data retention act damages privacy – The Guardian

‘High court judges will give their decision on Friday on an accusation that the government has imposed laws which allow the police and security services to “spy on citizens” without proper safeguards.’

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The Guardian, 17th July 2015

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David Cameron ‘must strengthen Evel plans to stop SNP maintaining ban on hunting in England’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 15th, 2015 in devolution issues, hunting, news, parliament, political parties, Scotland by tracey

‘David Cameron must strengthen his plans for “English votes for English laws”, senior Tories have said, after the SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon forced him to shelve a vote on relaxing the fox hunting ban in England.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th July 2015

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Royal Household will fall in sights of £100m child sex abuse inquiry – Daily Telegraph

‘The child sex abuse inquiry is set to last five years and cost up to £100 million, it has been confirmed, as it emerged the Royal Household will not be exempt from scrutiny over paedophile allegations.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th July 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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MPs will only get 90 minutes to debate fox hunting before they vote on legalising it – The Independent

Posted July 9th, 2015 in hunting, news, parliament by sally

‘MPs will only be given 90 minutes to debate fox hunting before they vote on whether to legalise it, George Osborne has said.’
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The Independent, 9th July 2015

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Speech by Lord Justice Beatson: Closer Engagement with Parliament – Speech by Lord Justice Jack Beatson

Posted July 3rd, 2015 in judiciary, parliament, select committees, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by Lord Justice Beatson: Closer Engagement with Parliament.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 2nd July 2015

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

‘The government is expected to set out its proposals to give MPs from English constituencies the final say on laws affecting England only.’

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BBC News, 2nd July 2015

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Judges must not speak out on matters “hotly debated in Parliament”, Beatson LJ says – Legal Futures

Posted June 16th, 2015 in bills, judges, judiciary, news, parliament by sally

‘It would be wrong for judges to “intervene or to comment while a matter is being hotly debated in Parliament”, Lord Justice Beatson has said.’
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Legal Futures, 15th June 2015

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MPs to debate assisted dying legislation – The Guardian

Posted June 10th, 2015 in assisted suicide, bills, news, parliament by sally

‘Private member’s bill to adopt Lord Falconer’s draft regulations that would allow terminally ill people the right to die subject to checks by doctors and a judge.’

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The Guardian, 9th June 2015

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We all had a right to see Prince Charles’s letters. But not any more, it seems – The Guardian

‘Downing Street’s decision to publish the second batch of letters that Prince Charles had sent to ministers was unexpected. The government had been preparing to resist the publication of the latest batch, covering the years 2006 to 2009, even though a previous batch, covering 2004 and 2005, was released after a ten-year legal battle with the Guardian.’

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The Guardian, 4th June 2015

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Leon Brittan and Geoffrey Dickens’ notes from 1980s released – BBC News

‘Letters from the 1980s have been released, in which MP Geoffrey Dickens called for then-Home Secretary Leon Brittan to ban a pro-paedophilia group.’

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BBC News, 4th June 2015

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Keir Starmer defends Human Rights Act in maiden Commons speech – The Guardian

Posted May 29th, 2015 in human rights, news, parliament, speeches by sally

‘The “put upon and the bullied” in society will suffer if the Tories press ahead with their manifesto pledge to scrap the Human Rights Act, former director of public prosecutions Sir Keir Starmer has said.’

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The Guardian, 28th 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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Human Rights on the Battlefield – BBC Unreliable Evidence

‘Clive Anderson and guests discuss the controversial suggestion that the UK should withdraw from human rights legislation and re-instate ‘combat immunity’ to protect the British Army from legal action.’

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BBC Unreliable Evidence, 20th May 2015

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The assisted dying debate – BBC News

Posted May 27th, 2015 in assisted suicide, bills, euthanasia, news, parliament, statistics by sally

‘Nearly 300 Britons have travelled to Zurich to die with the help of the Swiss suicide group Dignitas.’

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BBC News, 26th May 2015

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Attempt to scrap Human Rights Act will not get past Lords, Falconer warns Gove – The Guardian

‘A new British bill of rights is expected to be included in the Queen’s speech, but shadow lord chancellor says upper house would be within its rights to reject it.’

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The Guardian, 22nd May 2015

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