Bringing the law on firearms up to date – Law Commission

Posted December 17th, 2015 in firearms, Law Commission, legislation, press releases, reports by tracey

‘In a report published today, we make recommendations to solve pressing problems that undermine the effectiveness of the law governing the acquisition and possession of firearms. The existing law is confused, unclear and difficult to apply. There are over 30 pieces of overlapping legislation, some of the key terminology – such as “lethal”, “component part” and “antique” – is not clearly defined, and the law has fallen out of step with developments in technology.’

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Law Commission, 16th December 2015

Source: www.justice.gov.uk/lawcommission

Outdated marriage law in need of reform – Law Commission

Posted December 17th, 2015 in Law Commission, legislation, marriage, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The law that governs how and where couples in England and Wales can marry is badly in need of reform, according to the Law Commission.’

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Law Commission, 17th December 2015

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Muslim Brotherhood review: main findings – Home Office

Posted December 17th, 2015 in inquiries, Islam, parliamentary papers, proscribed organisations, reports by tracey

‘This review, requested by the Prime Minister, sets out the government’s understanding of the Muslim Brotherhood and its links to extremism.’

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Home Office, 17th December 2015

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Children: Private Law Update (December 2015) – Family Law week

Posted December 17th, 2015 in children, news, parental responsibility, surrogacy by tracey

‘Alex Verdan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent important judgments in private law children cases.’

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Family Law week, 16th December 2015

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Jailed MI6 informant blocked from taking case to court of human rights – The Guardian

Posted December 17th, 2015 in appeals, human rights, intelligence services, murder, news, private hearings, trials by tracey

‘A Chinese dissident and MI6 informant convicted of murder after a secret trial has been prevented from taking his case to the European court of human rights.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Stuart Hall released from prison after serving half of sentence – The Guardian

Posted December 17th, 2015 in early release, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘The former BBC broadcaster, Stuart Hall, has been released from prison after serving half of his sentence for sexual abuse.’

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The Guardian, 16th 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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UK ties with Gaddafi were like ‘a criminal conspiracy’, high court hears – The Guardian

Posted December 17th, 2015 in closed material, conspiracy, intelligence services, Libya, news, rendition, trials by tracey

‘The relationship that the British security services forged with Muammar Gaddafi’s regime a decade ago amounted to “a criminal conspiracy with a foreign dictator”, according to evidence before the high court, where a dozen Libyan dissidents who were subsequently targeted by the British authorities are bringing a claim for damages.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Met Police chief admits delay in giving officers covert body cameras is ‘frustrating’ following fatal shooting – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 17th, 2015 in closed circuit television, delay, firearms, London, news, police by tracey

‘Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, has admitted it was “frustrating” that the undercover officer who fatally shot a suspected gangster was not wearing a covert camera. He acknowledged that it would have been “really useful” in this case, to show exactly what had happened, but claimed there had been difficulties in finding technology that would be suitable for covert operations.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th December 2015

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Prison warned to beware of older offenders grooming younger inmates – The Guardian

Posted December 17th, 2015 in news, prisons, sexual grooming, young persons by tracey

‘Chief inspector of prisons tells Rye Hill in Warwickshire, a dedicated sex offender jail, that proportion of inmates over 50 increases risk of sexual grooming.’

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The Guardian, 17th December 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Librarians take legal battle against library closures to government – The Guardian

Posted December 17th, 2015 in duty of care, human rights, libraries, local government, news by tracey

‘Department for Culture, Media and Sport challenged over its failure to carry out legal duty of providing quality public library services.’

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The Guardian, 17th December 2015

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Sgt Alexander Blackman’s wife ‘cautiously optimistic’ of new appeal – Daily Telegraph

‘The wife of a Royal Marine given a life sentence for murdering a Taliban captive has said she is cautiously optimistic new evidence will see his case sent back to the Appeal Court.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th December 2015

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Bloody Sunday: Ex-soldiers win High Court fight over questioning in Northern Ireland – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 17th, 2015 in armed forces, demonstrations, news, Northern Ireland, police by tracey

‘Former paratroopers who face questioning over Bloody Sunday have won their High Court battle against being detained and transferred to Northern Ireland for interview by police.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th December 2015

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Muslim Brotherhood will legally challenge UK government report – The Guardian

Posted December 17th, 2015 in inquiries, Islam, news, proscribed organisations, reports by tracey

‘A critical report calling for greater oversight of the Muslim Brotherhood is expected to be subject to a legal challenge by the Islamist movement after it is published on Thursday by the government. The long-awaited inquiry, ordered by David Cameron, into the Brotherhood’s operation in the UK is expected to include new curbs on the group and its associates in a move that will be presented by ministers as a crackdown on Islamism.’

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The Guardian, 17th December 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk