Why do MPs keep suggesting anonymity for rape suspects? – The Independent

Posted March 24th, 2015 in anonymity, news, parliament, rape, select committees, sexual offences by sally

‘Should rape suspects have the right to anonymity, like their accusers? It’s a debate that keeps coming back, because MPs keep resurrecting it. Today it’s the Home Affairs Select Committee, which recommends anonymity for those suspected of a sex offence, unless and until they’re charged.’

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The Independent, 20th March 2015

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A Point of View: Do parliament’s select committees wield too much power? – BBC News

Posted March 23rd, 2015 in news, parliament, select committees, statistics by sally

‘Parliamentary select committees have seen their profile grow over the past few years, but are they the right way of holding power to account, asks Tom Shakespeare.’

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BBC News, 22nd March 2015

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Supreme court to rule on Prince Charles letters – The Guardian

‘The supreme court’s judgment on whether the government unlawfully blocked the publication of a series of secret letters written by Prince Charles is due to be made public on Thursday next week, court officials have announced.

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The Guardian, 20th March 2015

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Cyril Smith child abuse inquiry ‘scrapped after his arrest’ – BBC News

‘An undercover police operation that gathered evidence of child abuse by Cyril Smith and other public figures was scrapped shortly after the MP was arrested, BBC Newsnight has been told.’

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BBC News, 16th March 2015

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Call for MP boundary review law change – BBC News

Posted March 16th, 2015 in boundaries, elections, news, parliament by sally

‘Rules that pave the way for the number of MPs to be reduced from 650 to 600 must be reversed, a parliamentary group has said.’

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BBC News, 15th March 2015

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MPs pass legislation to introduce standardised cigarette packaging – The Guardian

Posted March 12th, 2015 in advertising, bills, news, parliament, smoking by sally

‘MPs have voted by a majority of 254 in favour of introducing standardised cigarette packaging from May 2016.’

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The Guardian, 11th March 2015

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Court fee increase imminent as levy clears parliament – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 5th, 2015 in courts, fees, news, parliament, regulations by tracey

‘Court fees will increase from next week after the House of Lords last night rubber-stamped the planned levy. A 5% charge will be added to all civil claims valued at more than £10,000, with fees capped at £10,000. According to the statutory instrument, the order comes into force on the following Monday after it is made.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 5th March 2015

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Lords urge compulsory registration of all civilian drones – The Guardian

Posted March 5th, 2015 in aircraft, armed forces, news, parliament, reports by tracey

‘A database of civilian drones being flown in the UK should be created to enforce their safe operation, a House of Lords report has recommended.’

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The Guardian, 5th March 2015

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Court fee hike set for next week – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 3rd, 2015 in courts, fees, news, parliament, regulations by sally

‘Controversial rises in court fees will come into force next Monday barring a parliamentary upset, the Gazette can reveal.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd March 2015

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Lords inflict government defeat over visa laws – BBC News

Posted February 26th, 2015 in amendments, bills, news, parliament, visas by sally

‘The government has suffered a narrow defeat in the House of Lords over its Modern Slavery Bill.’

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BBC News, 25th February 2015

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MPs reject backbench bid to amend abortion laws – BBC News

Posted February 24th, 2015 in abortion, amendments, gender, news, parliament, sex discrimination by sally

‘MPs have defeated a cross-party bid to clarify in law that abortion on the grounds of gender alone is illegal in the UK.’

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BBC News, 24th February 2015

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Joanna Michael: ‘Sorry isn’t good enough’ – mother – BBC News

‘The mother of a woman brutally murdered after a 999 delay has said she will take her case to the House of Commons to get “justice” for her daughter.’

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BBC News, 17th February 2015

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

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The Bryce Lecture, 5th February 2015

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Parliamentary conference to discuss alternatives to UK’s failing drug laws – The Guardian

Posted February 11th, 2015 in drug abuse, drug offences, drug trafficking, news, parliament, United Nations by sally

‘A high-profile parliamentary conference is to be held next month to discuss alternatives to Britain’s failing drug laws and influence the international debate on drugs.’

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The Guardian, 10th February 2015

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Human Rights at the Crossroads? – BBC Unreliable Evidence

Posted February 6th, 2015 in constitutional law, elections, human rights, news, parliament, Supreme Court, treaties, veto by sally

‘Clive Anderson and guests get behind the political rhetoric to debate the potential impact on the rights of British citizens if the Government carries out a proposal to scrap the Human Rights Act and replace it with a “more British” Bill of Rights.’

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BBC Unreliable Evidence, 24th January 2015

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Alexander Horne: Evidence under oath, perjury and parliamentary privilege – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘The issue of select committee powers has received renewed interest during the 2010-15 Parliament, culminating in a report from Liaison Committee on Select committee effectiveness, resources and powers (in October 2012); and, subsequently, a report by the Joint Committee on Parliamentary Privilege in July 2013 (and a Government response later that year).’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 29th January 2015

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Peers seek to limit law on assisted dying – The Independent

Posted January 12th, 2015 in assisted suicide, bills, news, parliament, time limits by sally

‘A coalition of cross-party peers has moved to water down proposed legislation that would let the terminally ill request and receive help to end their lives.’

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The Independent, 11th January 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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‘English votes for English laws’ plans unveiled – BBC News

Posted December 16th, 2014 in devolution issues, news, parliament by tracey

‘Commons Leader William Hague has said legislation affecting just England should only be passed “with the consent of the majority” of English MPs.’

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BBC News, 16th December 2014

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Commons watchdog will publish names of MPs facing expenses investigation – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 16th, 2014 in disclosure, expenses, media, news, parliament, privacy, private hearings by tracey

‘IPSA will name MPs who face investigation into their expenses, but they will be able to have the hearings in private.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th December 2014

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