MPs launch inquiry to consider tougher laws on sexual harassment – The Guardian

Posted January 15th, 2018 in harassment, inquiries, news, parliament, sex discrimination, sexual offences by sally

‘The government must urgently strengthen laws around sexual harassment to stop abuse continuing on “an industrial scale”, according to a coalition of MPs, union leaders and women’s groups.’

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The Guardian, 15th January 2018

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Lords vote for second Leveson probe into press conduct – BBC News

‘Peers have backed a proposal that would require Theresa May to proceed with the second stage of the Leveson inquiry.’

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BBC News, 10th January 2018

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Watching porn at work – what are the legal consequences? – The Guardian

‘In a four month period in 2017, there were 24,000 attempts to access pornographic websites in the Houses of Parliament. Westminster may be a special case, but should it be a sackable offence in regular offices?’

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The Guardian, 8th January 2018

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MPs say plans to tackle Westminster sex assault claims ‘too vague’ – The Guardian

Posted January 5th, 2018 in news, parliament, sexual offences by tracey

‘Proposals to tackle sexual harassment and assault in Westminster have been criticised by campaigners and MPs for being “too vague” and leaving “too much power” with the party whips.’

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The Guardian, 5th January 2018

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Legal regulation “more than ripe for total overhaul”, House of Lords told – Legal Futures

Posted December 18th, 2017 in legal services, news, parliament, regulations, speeches by sally

‘Legal regulation is “more than ripe for total overhaul”, a former chair of the Bar Standards Board has told the House of Lords.’

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Legal Futures, 15th December 2017

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The Trade Bill – renegotiation and renewal of EU trade agreements after Brexit – in this new constitutional territory more Parliamentary scrutiny is urgently needed – Brexit Law

Posted December 7th, 2017 in agreements, bills, EC law, news, parliament, select committees, treaties by sally

‘The lack of adequate Parliamentary scrutiny when the UK negotiates trade agreements (something it has not done in its own right for many years) has come to the attention of the House of Commons International Trade Committee. This is timely given the prospect of the UK negotiating the single most important trade agreement it is likely to negotiate for a long time – its future trade agreement with the EU. The context for the Committee’s concern is its inquiry into the Trade Bill. One of the issues which the Bill addresses is the domestic implementation in the UK of those EU trade agreements which are adapted for continued application by the UK after Brexit. The Committee has asked whether Parliamentary scrutiny of ministerial rules implementing these agreements is adequate, and, more broadly, whether scrutiny of the UK signing up to these and other trade agreements, is adequate.’

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Brexit Law, 6th December 2017

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Former police officers who leaked Damian Green pornography allegations could face prosecution, says Cressida Dick – The Independent

Posted December 5th, 2017 in misfeasance in public office, news, parliament, police, pornography, prosecutions by tracey

‘Retired police officers who leaked information about an inquiry into Cabinet minister Damian Green could face prosecution, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner has said.’

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The Independent, 4th December 2017

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Thomas Fairclough: Privacy International: Constitutional Substance over Semantics in Reading Ouster Clauses – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘I have previously written on this blog and elsewhere about statutory interpretation and the rule of law. In the previous blog post I stated that the idea “that the courts will not allow the executive to escape their jurisdiction is well established as part of the rule of law” and referenced, inter alia, Anisminic Ltd v Foreign Compensation Commission [1969] 2 AC 147 (HL) to support this view.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 4th December 2017

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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