Gay weddings to be allowed in church – The Independent

“Gay men and women will finally be allowed to marry in churches after the House of Lords dramatically voted in favour of lifting the ban on religious premises holding same-sex partnerships.”

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The Independent, 3rd March 2010

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Peers vote to allow homosexuals to marry in church – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 3rd, 2010 in bills, civil partnerships, news, sexual orientation discrimination by sally

“Homosexuals may be allowed to hold civil partnership ceremonies in churches after the House of Lords voted in favour of scrapping a ban on same-sex religious unions.”

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd March 2010

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Lords angered over three strikes rule for filesharers – The Guardian

Posted March 2nd, 2010 in bills, copyright, internet, news, penalties by sally

“The government’s plans to disconnect file sharers from the internet have come in for heavy criticism in parliament, amid claims that ministers are attempting to rush legislation through without proper oversight.”

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The Guardian, 2nd March 2010

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Vulture funds: UK MPs propose law to end debt relief profiteering – BBC World Service

Posted March 2nd, 2010 in bills, debts, international relations, news by sally

“Campaigners for lower international debts are backing a proposed law in the UK parliament called the Debt Relief (Developing Countries) Bill.”

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BBC World Service, 26th February 2010

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Bill ‘will allow schools to teach that homosexuality is wrong’ – The Guardian

Posted February 19th, 2010 in bills, contraception, education, homosexuality, news by sally

“Campaigners today accused the government of performing a U-turn over sex education in faith schools, after changes to a bill they said would allow the schools to discourage the use of contraception and teach that homosexuality is wrong.”

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The Guardian, 18th February 2010

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Statutory guidance will tell companies how to prevent bribery – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 17th, 2010 in bills, bribery, news by sally

“A Government minister will have to publish guidance for companies on a new bribery offence that had been criticised for not being clear enough. The Bribery Bill would make it an offence for a company to fail to prevent bribery.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th February 2010

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MPs, Lords question human rights compatibility of Digital Economy Bill – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 16th, 2010 in bills, copyright, human rights, news by sally

“The Government must provide more detail on exactly how alleged copyright infringers will be cut off from the internet before a file-sharing disconnection law is passed, according to a parliamentary committee.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th February 2010

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Asset-freezing terror Bill rushed through Commons – BBC News

Posted February 9th, 2010 in bills, freezing injunctions, news, terrorism by sally

“Emergency legislation has been rushed through the House of Commons that will allow the assets of suspected terrorists to be frozen.”

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BBC News, 9th February 2010

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Spies must seek ministerial green light to pay bribes, Lords rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 9th, 2010 in bills, bribery, intelligence services, ministers' powers and duties, news, spying by sally

“Spies will have to seek permission from ministers before paying bribes to ‘contacts’, the House of Lords has ruled.”

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Daily Telegraph, 9th February 2010

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Discrimination law change is dropped after Pope’s opposition – The Independent

“The Government will not push through proposals that churches argue would restrict their ability to deny jobs to gay people and transsexuals, Equality Minister Harriet Harman confirmed today.”

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The Independent, 4th February 2010

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The Big Question: What is equality legislation, and why is the Pope so concerned about it? – The Independent

Posted February 3rd, 2010 in bills, equality, homosexuality, news, sexual orientation discrimination by sally

“Why are we asking this now?

The Pope has made an extraordinary intervention into British politics by urging Catholics to oppose the Equality Bill going through Parliament. The Bill has finished its passage through the House of Commons, and was being fiercely debated in the House of Lords last week, with religious groups lined up on both sides of the argument, and may become the cause of a stand-off between MPs and peers.”

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The Independent, 3rd February 2010

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Consultations open on Equality Bill codes of practice – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 29th, 2010 in bills, consultations, equality, news by sally

“The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has begun its consultation process on proposed codes of practice relating to new planned equality legislation.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 29th January 2010

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Government defeated three times over church gay plan – BBC News

Posted January 26th, 2010 in bills, Church of England, equality, homosexuality, news by sally

“The government has suffered three House of Lords defeats over moves churches said would prevent them denying jobs to gay people and transsexuals.”

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BBC News, 25th January 2010

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Equality bill: churches and campaigners demand clarity on religion’s exemption – The Guardian

Posted January 25th, 2010 in bills, Church of England, equality, news by sally

“The government is facing allegations of duplicity over changes to the equality bill after a leaked document showed conflicting statements about the position of churches and other religious organisations.”

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The Guardian, 25th January 2010

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Do you know the hidden agenda of the Equality Bill? – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 21st, 2010 in bills, employment, equality, news by sally

“OPINION: Employment lawyers and HR professionals would be well advised to keep a close eye on the progress of the Equality Bill, currently being debated in the House of Lords. Initially intended as a legislative sweep-up, it now proposes major policy changes.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st January 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Peer drops damages-quantification amendment to digital bill – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 15th, 2010 in bills, copyright, damages, internet, news by sally

“A Conservative peer who had proposed forcing copyright holders to detail the exact damage they suffered when trying to force alleged infringers off the internet will drop the plan. Lord Lucas told OUT-LAW Radio that he would ‘not pursue’ the proposal.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th January 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Ministers offer concessions on copyright changes – BBC News

Posted January 13th, 2010 in bills, copyright, internet, news by sally

“Ministers have given a concession over what critics claimed were ‘draconian’ powers which would enable them to crack down on online copyright infringement.”

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BBC News, 13th January 2010

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Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Bill – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 21st, 2009 in bills, insurance, press releases, third parties by sally

“This Bill implements Law Commission and Scottish Law Commission recommendations about the rights of a third party to claim directly against an insurer.”

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Ministry of Justice, 18th December 2009

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MPs lobby to exclude solicitors from asbestos compensation scheme – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 10th, 2009 in bills, compensation, industrial injuries, news, solicitors by sally

“MPs are lobbying prime minister Gordon Brown to exclude solicitors from any government-run scheme to compensate workers for asbestos-related pleural plaques.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 10th December 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Government response to Joint Committee report on Draft Bribery Bill – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 26th, 2009 in bills, bribery, press releases by sally

“The government’s response to the conclusions and recommendations of the Joint Committee Report on the Draft Bribery Bill.”

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Ministry of Justice, 23rd November 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk