Keith Vaz to be investigated by Commons sleaze watchdogs after male escort scandal – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 16th, 2016 in conflict of interest, homosexuality, news, parliament, prostitution, select committees by tracey

‘An investigation into disgraced Labour MP Keith Vaz has been launched by Commons sleaze watchdogs.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th September 2016

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Parliament should get a vote on triggering Brexit Article 50, House of Lords committee says – The Independent

Posted September 14th, 2016 in constitutional law, EC law, news, parliament, referendums, reports, select committees by tracey

‘The Government should not trigger Article 50 to leave the EU without first consulting Parliament, an eminent committee of peers has said.’

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The Independent, 13th September 2016

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Rupert Murdoch’s News UK to be censured for misleading Parliament over phone hacking scandal – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 14th, 2016 in interception, media, news, parliament, sanctions, select committees, telecommunications by tracey

‘Rupert Murdoch’s media company News UK is to be censured by Parliament for its conduct in the aftermath of the phone hacking scandal. It is understood that the House of Commons Standards and Privileges Committee will find the company and a number of senior individuals guilty of misleading Parliament.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th September 2016

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How are the boundary changes going to affect you? – The Independent

Posted September 13th, 2016 in boundaries, elections, news, parliament by sally

‘You may wonder what it has to do with you if two or three electoral wards move from one constituency to another at the other end of the country.’

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The Independent, 13th September 2016

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Theresa May heading for fight over ‘perverse’ election boundaries review that will slash MP numbers – The Independent

Posted September 9th, 2016 in elections, electoral register, news, parliament by tracey

‘Theresa May is on a collision course with Parliament over controversial plans to redraw the election map of the UK after Conservative MPs attacked them, with one branding them “perverse”. The review of constituencies due to be published next week will see the number of MPs in the Commons slashed from 650 to 600.’

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The Independent, 8th September 2016

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Theresa May to end ban on new grammar schools – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 9th, 2016 in education, news, parliament, school admissions, school children by tracey

‘Theresa May will set aside decades of cross-party consensus in education policy by ending the ban on the creation of new grammar schools and attempt to head off critics by proposing measures intended to prevent poorer children losing out.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th September 2016

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Lord Chancellor expresses delight at action taken against “ambulance chasing” law firm – Legal Futures

Posted September 7th, 2016 in human rights, law firms, legal education, lord chancellor, news, parliament by sally

‘The new Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice used her first appearance in the House of Commons to label Birmingham law firm Public Interest Lawyers as “ambulance chasers”.’

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Legal Futures, 7th September 2016

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What does the Sunday Mirror allege Keith Vaz did – and is it illegal? – The Guardian

‘Is it against the law to buy sex or to offer to pay for cocaine? And are poppers legal?’

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The Guardian, 5th September 2016

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Fixing the vicious cycle – Counsel

Posted September 1st, 2016 in civil justice, criminal justice, Law Commission, news, parliament by sally

‘Rawdon Crozier considers what legislators and policy makers could learn from British cycling.’

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Counsel, September 2016

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Kenneth Campbell QC: Constitutional Discourse Post-referendum: Where Are We, and Where Are We Going Next? – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted September 1st, 2016 in constitutional reform, EC law, elections, news, parliament, referendums by sally

‘In common with other constitutional and EU law sites, this blog glowed white hot in the immediate aftermath of the EU referendum. Understandably, many commentators were occupied with the roles of the UK Parliament and the executive exercise of prerogative powers in the mechanics of the giving of notice in terms of Art 50. Given the nature of these issues, scholarly and practitioner comment has been taken up in wider debate, and Nick Barber, Tom Hickman and Jeff King’s contribution has perhaps been particularly prominent. As the new political season approaches, this post seeks to assess the state of play about several current and medium term issues.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 1st September 2016

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Man given suspended sentence for death threat to MP – The Guardian

‘A man who sent a threatening voice message to senior Labour MP Ben Bradshaw the day before the killing of parliamentary colleague Jo Cox has been given a suspended sentence.’

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The Guardian, 23rd August 2016

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MPs urge action on “significant” legal loophole in taxi licensing – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 22nd, 2016 in codes of practice, licensing, local government, news, parliament, taxis by sally

‘MPs have called on the Government to address a “damaging and significant legal loophole” that allows taxis licensed by other local authorities to operate within Rotherham, even if the drivers have had their application for a Rotherham licence rejected.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th August 2016

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Brexit legal challenge: High Court bid could derail Theresa May’s EU exit timetable – The Independent

Posted August 22nd, 2016 in costs, EC law, fees, news, parliament, referendums by sally

‘Remain supporters have crowd-funded £32,000 in legal fees to argue Ms May will need Parliament’s backing before beginning formal negotiations to leave the EU.’

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The Independent, 20th August 2016

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Rights group challenges FoI refusal in Libyan rendition case – The Guardian

‘A human rights group has challenged the government’s refusal to disclose whether ministers or Downing Street officials were involved in a decision not to prosecute anyone over an espionage operation to kidnap two Libyan dissidents.’

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The Guardian, 21st August 2016

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The need for Parliament’s consent to trigger Art 50 is a matter of EU Law – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted August 17th, 2016 in consent, EC law, news, parliament, referendums, treaties by sally

‘Paragraph 1 of Art 50 of the Treaty on European Union, governing voluntary withdrawal of a member state from the EU, reads: “Any member state may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.” This right is followed in the next paragraph by an obligation: “A member state which decides to withdraw shall notify the European Council of its intention.” This contribution addresses a single hypothetical scenario, namely, one in which Theresa May triggers Art 50 without prior parliamentary approval, asking: If she did this, would she be acting illegally? Several legal commentators have now offered answers to this question, the majority in the affirmative, and last month a legal action began by which the claimants wish to enjoin May from so acting. Thus the judges will have the final say. But which judges?’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 16th August 2016

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David Cameron to face inquiry into resignation honours list – The Independent

‘David Cameron is to face a Commons inquiry into his resignation honours list, which has been widely criticised for the way he used it to reward friends and financial backers.’

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The Independent, 9th August 2016

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UK government tests whether ‘online activity history’ can serve to verify identity – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 27th, 2016 in data protection, internet, news, parliament, privacy, statistics by sally

‘The UK government has tested whether internet users’ “online activity history”, including data from social networks, can be used to verify their identity when they use online public services.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th July 2016

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Survivors must have a stronger voice in Goddard abuse inquiry – The Guardian

Posted July 27th, 2016 in child abuse, evidence, inquiries, news, parliament, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘Justice Lowell Goddard will be unable to deliver justice or tackle child sex abuse if her inquiry sidelines survivors.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2016

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Five things you may have missed about the Chilcot inquiry – The Guardian

‘Much of the furore surrounding the Iraq war report focused on the failings of Tony Blair. But there were other, crucial findings that shouldn’t be ignored.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2016

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High court challenge could derail Labour leadership race – The Guardian

Posted July 27th, 2016 in elections, news, parliament, political parties, statistics by sally

‘Labour could be forced to reopen its nomination process for the leadership contest if a high court judge rules on Thursday that Jeremy Corbyn must have the support of his MPs to appear on the ballot.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2016

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