House of Lords under fire as peers who didn’t speak once claim almost half a million in expenses – The Independent

Posted November 15th, 2017 in expenses, news, parliament, peerages & dignities, reports by tracey

‘Campaigners have criticised “couch-potato peers” in the House of Lords who took part in less than a quarter of votes and did not speak at all in 2016-17, but still claimed a total of £462,510 in tax-free expenses. The 33 peers also did not table a written question or sit on a committee though claimed an average £14,015 each, or £746 per vote, the Electoral Reform Society (ERS) said in a new report.’

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The Independent, 15th November 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

The government response to the report from the House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003 – Home Office

Posted November 7th, 2017 in licensing, parliament, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The government response to the report from the House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003: post-legislative scrutiny.’

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Home Office, 6th November 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Secretary of State’s oral statement on sentencing – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 3rd, 2017 in elections, imprisonment, parliament, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘Rt Hon David Lidington MP, the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, has today delivered an Oral Statement to the House of Commons.’

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Ministry of Justice, 2nd November 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Crowdfunded high court challenge against £1bn Tory-DUP deal fails – The Guardian

‘A crowdfunded bid at the high court in London to challenge the government’s controversial parliamentary deal with the Democratic Unionist party has failed.’

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The Guardian, 26th October 2017

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Robert Craig: Why an Act of Parliament Would Be Required to Revoke Notification under Article 50 – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted October 20th, 2017 in EC law, news, parliament, treaties by sally

‘The possibility of the UK revoking its Article 50 notice is hitting the headlines. The Prime Minister was asked last Monday in Parliament if she had received legal advice that she could revoke the triggering of the Article 50 process. Her equivocal response led many to believe that such advice does indeed exist. Last Tuesday, this blog published an analysis of whether revocation was possible at the European Union level. This post considers the same question from a domestic law point of view. Many similar questions to those raised in the recent Miller litigation are relevant to determining if the Government can revoke the notification under Article 50. This post concludes that as a matter of domestic law, revocation cannot lawfully be attempted without direct authorisation by an Act of Parliament.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 16th October 2017

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Health minister rejects calls for inquiry into vaginal mesh implants – The Guardian

Posted October 19th, 2017 in health, medical treatment, news, parliament, women by tracey

‘Jackie Doyle-Price announces publication of new guidance but dismisses Labour demands to go further.’

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The Guardian, 18th October 2017

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Ministers urged to ditch plans to cut number of MPs by 50 – The Guardian

Posted October 17th, 2017 in boundaries, constitutional reform, consultations, elections, news, parliament by tracey

‘Government does not have parliamentary support for revised boundary changes, which would boost Tory election win chances, say Labour and Lib Dems.’

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The Guardian, 17th October 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Peers could be restricted to 15 years in Lords in drive to cut numbers – The Guardian

Posted October 17th, 2017 in news, parliament, peerages & dignities, reports, time limits by tracey

‘New peers could be restricted to sitting in the House of Lords for 15 years, rather than being given life peerages, under plans to slash the numbers in the house.’

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The Guardian, 17th October 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Minister to review law on illegal Gypsy and traveller sites – BBC News

Posted October 10th, 2017 in ASBOs, gipsies, news, parliament, planning by sally

‘The government is to review the effectiveness of laws designed to tackle illegal encampments set up by travellers and Gypsies.’

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BBC News, 9th October 2017

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“Assisted dying” and Article 8 again – Conway v S of S for Justice – Law & Religion UK

‘Mr Noel Conway, who is 67 and suffering from motor neurone disease, has lost the latest round in his bid to allow doctors to prescribe him a lethal dose of drugs when his health deteriorates further. His legal team had argued that he faced a stark and unfair choice: he could either bring about his own death while still physically able to do so, or await death with no control over how and when it came.’

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Law & Religion UK, 5th October 2017

Source: www.lawandreligionuk.com

Sir Edward Heath ‘would have been questioned’ over abuse claims – BBC News

Posted October 5th, 2017 in child abuse, news, parliament, sexual offences by tracey

‘Sir Edward Heath would have been questioned over sex abuse claims if he was alive when they came to light, police have said. Wiltshire Police launched Operation Conifer in 2015 when the former PM was accused of historical child sex abuse. The Conservative politician would have been interviewed under caution over seven claims, including the alleged rape of an 11-year-old, they said. No inference of guilt should be drawn from this, police stressed.’

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BBC News, 5th October 2017

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Abuse inquiry ‘should hear more evidence from Cyril Smith complainants’ – The Guardian

Posted September 21st, 2017 in care homes, child abuse, inquiries, news, parliament, sexual offences by sally

‘More alleged victims of the former Liberal MP Cyril Smith and officials who investigated him should be allowed to testify at the child sexual abuse inquiry, a preliminary hearing has been told.’

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The Guardian, 20th September 2017

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Thomas Fairclough: What’s New About the Rule of Law? A Reply to Michal Hain – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘This blog recently published a detailed piece by Michal Hain. He made some very interesting claims that this note will examine. I start by explaining Hain’s arguments and ordering them roughly according to the way they come out in his piece. I then examine each in greater detail giving my own views. Finally, I will conclude with some general points about constitutionalism and individual cases.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 18th September 2017

Source: ukconstitutionallaw.org

Team investigating anti-MP crime deals with 102 complaints in first year – The Guardian

Posted September 14th, 2017 in complaints, crime, harassment, news, parliament, racism by tracey

‘A specialist police team set up to investigate crimes against MPs has dealt with 102 complaints in its first year of operation.’

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The Guardian, 14th September 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Judge calls for clarity on status of ECJ rulings in UK after Brexit – The Guardian

Posted August 8th, 2017 in EC law, judges, judgments, news, parliament, treaties by sally

‘The government must provide clarity on whether it wants UK courts to take into account rulings of the European court of justice after Brexit, one of Britain’s most senior judges has said.’

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The Guardian, 8th August 2017

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Online trolling laws under consideration following abuse of MPs – The Independent

‘An investigation into the abuse of MPs and parliamentary candidates is considering whether new laws are needed to protect public servants because of the rise of social media.’

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The Independent, 24th July 2017

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MPs urged to pass law against online ‘catfish’ imposters tricking women into sex – The Independent

Posted July 18th, 2017 in crime, fraud, identity fraud, internet, news, parliament by tracey

‘MPs are to be urged to outlaw the practice of ‘catfishing’, which refers to online predators using fake dating profiles to trick victims into sexual relationships.’

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The Independent, 17th July 2017

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PM orders inquiry into intimidation of MPs during general election – The Guardian

‘Theresa May has ordered an investigation into intimidation experienced by candidates during the last election after a barrage of complaints by MPs about death threats and harassment.’

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The Guardian, 12th July 2017

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May’s deal with DUP faces legal challenge from crowdfunding campaign – The Guardian

‘A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to raise funds for a potential legal challenge to Theresa May’s parliamentary deal with the Democratic Unionist party, on the grounds that it breaches the Good Friday agreement.’

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The Guardian, 9th July 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Queen’s Speech confirms that unfair rules on logbook loans are being sent to the scrapheap – Law Commission

Posted June 22nd, 2017 in bills, loans, news, parliament, press releases, repossession by tracey

‘The Law Commission welcomes plans outlined in today’s Queen Speech to close a legal loophole which means buyers of second-hand vehicles are at risk of having them repossessed due to unfair logbook loans.’

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Law Commission, 21st June 2017

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk