Fiona Onasanya: Peterborough MP to appeal against conviction – BBC News

‘A MP jailed for lying about a speeding offence is appealing against her conviction, the Commons has been told.’

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BBC News, 11th February 2019

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MP Richard Burgon wins ‘Nazi metal band’ Sun libel case – BBC News

Posted February 7th, 2019 in damages, defamation, media, news, parliament by tracey

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BBC News, 6th February 2019

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Jailed MP Fiona Onasanya to have three-month prison sentence reviewed – The Independent

‘Jailed MP Fiona Onasanya is to have her three-month prison sentence reviewed following a complaint that is unduly lenient.’

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The Independent, 1st February 2019

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Breast-ironing: British peer to raise issue in parliament – The Guardian

Posted January 29th, 2019 in child abuse, news, parliament by sally

‘Alex Carlile, one of the UK’s leading QCs who is a former deputy high court judge and a member of the House of Lords, told the Guardian that he hoped to trigger a wider scrutiny of the practice in the UK.’

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The Guardian, 28th January 2019

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Commons approves proxy voting trial for new parents – BBC News

Posted January 29th, 2019 in maternity leave, news, parliament, paternity leave by sally

‘MPs have unanimously voted to implement a year-long trial of proxy voting for MPs on parental leave.’

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BBC News, 29th January 2019

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CPS to test three alleged harassment cases after Soubry abused outside parliament – The Guardian

Posted January 11th, 2019 in brexit, Crown Prosecution Service, harassment, news, parliament by sally

‘Three cases of alleged harassment outside parliament have been referred to the Crown Prosecution Service after the MP Anna Soubry was repeatedly abused and blocked from entering parliament by pro-Brexit supporters earlier this week.’

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The Guardian, 10th January 2019

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Parliament moves towards special inquiry into abuse of MPs – The Guardian

‘Parliament is moving towards a special inquiry into the abuse and harassment of MPs after repeated threats and other forms of intimidation in relation to Brexit and other issues.’

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The Guardian, 9th January 2019

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Sir Philip Green: Injunctions, Non-Disclosure Agreements and Parliamentary Privilege – Rights Info

‘In October, Sir Philip Green was revealed in Parliament as the businessman at the heart of ‘Britain’s #MeToo scandal’. The revelation sparked an intense debate about injunctions, non-disclosure agreements, parliamentary privilege and the relationship between Parliament and the courts. But what does all mean? In this explainer we get to the bottom of it.’

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Rights Info, 17th December 2018

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Brexit legal advice warns of UK being trapped by Irish backstop – The Guardian

‘Legal advice on the Brexit deal, published reluctantly after MPs found the government in contempt of parliament, warns the terms of the Irish backstop could trap the UK in “protracted and repeated rounds of negotiations” in the years ahead.’

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The Guardian, 5th December 2018

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MPs win right to meaningful vote on Brexit plan B – The Guardian

Posted December 5th, 2018 in brexit, news, parliament, referendums by sally

‘Backbench MPs led by Dominic Grieve have inflicted a humiliating defeat on the government, in an effort to ensure parliament can seize control of what happens in the crucial days after Theresa May’s Brexit deal is voted on.’

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The Guardian, 4th December 2018

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Lady Hale gives the Michael Ryle Lecture at the House of Lords, London – Supreme Court

‘Should the Law Lords have left the House of Lords?’

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Supreme Court, 14th November 2018

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Facebook documents seized by MPs investigating privacy breach – BBC News

Posted November 26th, 2018 in data protection, documents, internet, news, parliament, privacy, search & seizure by tracey

‘A cache of Facebook documents has been seized by MPs investigating the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. Rarely used parliamentary powers were used to demand that the boss of a US software firm hand over the details.’

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BBC News, 25th November 2018

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Peers criticise growing use of ‘Henry VIII’ powers by successive governments – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 21st, 2018 in constitutional law, legislation, news, parliament, select committees by tracey

‘Peers have hit out at the Government’s escalating use of so-called “Henry VIII powers”, describing the practice as “constitutionally objectional”. In a report the House of Lords Constitution Committee criticised the seeking of broad delegated powers that permit the determination as well as the implementation of policy, and in particular the use of such powers to create criminal offences and establish public bodies.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th November 2018

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Peers block Lord Lester’s suspension over harassment claims – The Guardian

‘A women’s rights campaigner has said she feels “victimised all over again” after the House of Lords voted to block the suspension of a Liberal Democrat peer who was found to have promised to make her a baroness if she agreed to sleep with him.’

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The Guardian, 15th November 2018

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House of Lords debates religious intolerance and prejudice in the UK – Law & Religion UK

‘On 17 October, the House of Lords debated “the challenges posed by religious intolerance and prejudice in the United Kingdom”.’

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Law & Religion UK, 18th October 2018

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Jack Simson Caird: Taking Back Control: Brexit, Parliament and the Rule of Law – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted October 11th, 2018 in brexit, constitutional law, news, parliament, rule of law by sally

‘Over the next six months of the Brexit process, the UK Parliament will make a number of decisions that will have a profound impact on the UK’s constitution and its legal systems. In a Bingham Centre for the Rule Law Report published this week, The Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration: A Preliminary Rule of Law Analysis, we argue that the next six months represents a major test for the Rule of Law in the UK.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 10th October 2018

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Westminster attack: PC Keith Palmer could have been saved if Met put armed police on Parliament gates, coroner finds – The Independent

Posted October 4th, 2018 in firearms, inquests, London, news, parliament, police by tracey

‘”Shortcomings in security” outside the Houses of Parliament contributed to the death of a police officer during the Westminster attack, a coroner has concluded.’

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The Independent, 3rd October 2018

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Tanzil Chowdhury: Statutorising UK Military Deployments and Assessing Anxieties of Their Justiciability – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted September 20th, 2018 in bills, constitutional law, international law, news, parliament, war by tracey

‘The paramount anxieties that emerge from attempts to statutorising Parliament’s role in making decisions on whether to commit military action abroad has not just been to do with deferring power from the executive to the Commons, but also with the potential justiciability of such decisions. While frequent attempts to table such bills are often accompanied with assurances that these fears are misplaced, this post argues that putting Parliament’s role in deployment decisions, considered a matter of high policy, on a statutory footing could pierce the seemingly impermeable veil of non-justiciability that attend them and subject these decisions to common law review – a development that ought to be welcome.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 17th September 2018

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MPs who use parliamentary privilege to break court orders undermine the judiciary, says Lord Chief Justice – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 11th, 2018 in injunctions, judges, judiciary, news, parliament, parliamentary privilege by tracey

‘MPs who “abuse” parliamentary privilege to break injunctions are eroding confidence in the justice system, the Lord Chief Justice has said. Lord Burnett of Maldon, the head of the judiciary, warned that the phenomenon was part of the “gentle erosion of support” for the courts.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th September 2018

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What Does The John Worboys Case Have To Do With The Separation Of Powers? – Rights Info

Posted August 23rd, 2018 in judiciary, news, parliament, parole by sally

‘The separation of powers is one of the most important safeguards for our democracy. But the serial-rapist John Worboys’ case has lead to questions about whether the separation of powers is really being protected.’

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Rights Info, 22nd August 2018

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