Governance of Britain Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill gives more power to Parliament – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 26th, 2008 in constitutional law, press releases by sally

“Jack Straw has announced new proposals to give Parliament more power to hold the government to account and strengthen its relationship with the people.”

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Ministry of Justice, 25th March 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Bar Council Welcomes Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill – The Bar Council

Posted March 26th, 2008 in constitutional law, press releases by sally

“The Bar Council today welcomed the publication of the draft Constitutional Renewal Bill, which was announced by the Secretary of State for Justice, the Rt Hon Jack Straw MP. The draft Bill follows the July 2007 Green Paper, The Governance of Britain, and a consultation on its contents.”

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The Bar Council, 25th March 2008

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Important changes under way, but who cares? – The Times

Posted March 26th, 2008 in constitutional law, prerogative powers, special report by sally

“Step by step, the arguments of the 17th century over parliamentary control of prerogative powers are at last being resolved. The draft Constitutional Renewal Bill is a further big step, by no means the final one, into making the executive more accountable.”

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The Times, 26th March 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

‘Milestone’ on Welsh laws reached – BBC News

Posted March 20th, 2008 in constitutional law, news, Wales by sally

“The first new order giving the Welsh assembly the power to make laws in specified areas has been approved by Parliament.”

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BBC News, 19th March 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Lords’ membership cut considered – BBC News

Posted March 20th, 2008 in constitutional law, elections, news, parliament by sally

“Membership of the House of Lords could be almost halved under proposals to replace peers with elected members.”

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BBC News, 20th March 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Labour retreat over attorney general’s role – The Guardian

Posted March 11th, 2008 in attorney general, constitutional law, news, prosecutions by sally

“The government is poised to let the attorney general retain the power to stop prosecutions such as the corruption case against BAE Systems on national security grounds, the Guardian has learned.”

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The Guardian, 11th March 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Modernising Magna Carta – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 15th, 2008 in constitutional law, speeches by sally

“Jack Straw has given a speech at the George Washington University about the UK’s and USA’s constitutional heritage and what a British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities might look like.”

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Ministry of Justice, 13th February 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Written constitution is a long way off, says Straw – The Guardian

Posted February 13th, 2008 in constitutional law, news by sally

“Britain is unlikely to have a full written constitution for at least 10 or 20 years, the justice secretary, Jack Straw, said today.”

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The Guardian, 13th February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Towards a Bill of Rights and Responsibility – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 21st, 2008 in constitutional law, human rights, speeches by sally

“Jack Straw has given a speech on how a British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities fits into a long British tradition, and how we would be greatly impoverished without the Human Rights Act.”

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Ministry of Justice, 21st January 2008

Source: www.justice.org.uk

Government braced for revolt to force EU referendum – The Guardian

Posted January 21st, 2008 in constitutional law, EC law, news, parliament by sally

“Senior ministers are bracing themselves for the most significant revolt Gordon Brown has faced when Eurosceptic Labour rebels join forces with the Conservatives to try to force a referendum on the EU’s Lisbon treaty.”

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The Guardian, 21st January 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

More haste, less speed – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 7th, 2007 in constitutional law, special report by sally

“The debate over new Bill of Rights must include constitutional issues which need to be considered carefully, argues Roger Smith.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 6th December 2007

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Human rights in the (bus) queue? – The Times

Posted November 20th, 2007 in constitutional law, human rights, special report by sally

“Lord Bingham of Cornhill can’t quite see the point of a new bill of rights.”

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The Times, 20th November 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

British lawyers call on President Musharraf to reinstate rule of law – The Times

Posted November 9th, 2007 in constitutional law, news, Pakistan, rule of law by sally

“British lawyers are united in their condemnation of the treatment of lawyers in Pakistan and the dismissal of the Chief Justice and are calling for the re-instatement of the rule of law and the Constitution.”

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The Times, 8th November 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Proposal to cut Scottish MPs out of English votes ‘would put Union in peril’ – The Times

Posted October 29th, 2007 in constitutional law, news, parliament, Scotland by sally

“The constitutional relationship between England and the rest of the United Kingdom has been thrown to the centre of the next general election after senior Conservatives backed plans to strip Scottish MPs of the right to vote on English matters.”

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The Times, 29th October 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Brown’s talk of civil rights marks move to regain voters’ trust – The Independent

Posted October 26th, 2007 in constitutional law, freedom of information, news, police, powers of entry by sally

“A shake-up of Britain’s secrecy laws and those powers enabling police to enter the home has been ordered by the Prime Minister as part of sweeping changes to the constitution.”

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The Independent, 26th October 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk

The Governance of Britain – War Powers and Treaties: Limiting Executive Powers – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 26th, 2007 in armed forces, constitutional law, parliament, treaties, war by sally

“This consultation document seeks views on the role of Parliament in decisions to commit the armed forces to armed conflict abroad and on the ratification of treaties. It follows on from the ‘Governance of Britain’ green paper.”

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Ministry of Justice, 25th October 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

The Governance of Britain: Judicial Appointments – Ministry of Justice

“This consultation seeks views on the arrangements for making judicial appointments, and in particular on whether the residual role of the executive in judicial appointments should be further reduced.  This consultation follows on from ‘The Governance of Britain’ green paper.”

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The Ministry of Justice, 25th October 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Government’s response to report ‘Relations between the executive, the judiciary and Parliament’ – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 18th, 2007 in constitutional law, reports by sally

“Government’s response to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution’s report ‘Relations between the executive, the judiciary and Parliament’.  The Committee’s inquiry was conducted between May 2006 and July 2007, producing several conclusions and recommendations for the Government and others. The report was published on 26 July 2007 and the response was published on 17 October 2007.”

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Ministry of Justice, 17th October 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Opt-outs may cause problems, MPs warn Brown – The Guardian

Posted October 12th, 2007 in constitutional law, EC law, news by sally

“Gordon Brown’s efforts to protect Britain’s opt-outs on the new EU treaty at next week’s summit in Lisbon came under fresh pressure yesterday when a Labour-dominated committee of MPs claimed the latest draft of the treaty presented fresh threats to British sovereignty.”

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The Guardian, 12th October 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

The Governance of Britain – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 4th, 2007 in constitutional law by sally

“The proposals published in this green paper, ‘The Governance of Britain’, seek to address two fundamental questions:  how should we hold power accountable, and how should we uphold and enhance the rights and responsibilities of the citizen?”

The Governance of Britain Cm 7170 (PDF)

Ministry of Justice, 3rd July 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk