Almost 1.5m England and Wales crime victims opt not to pursue cases – The Guardian

Posted August 12th, 2022 in criminal justice, news, police, political parties, prosecutions, statistics, victims by tracey

‘Almost 1.5 million victims of crime in England and Wales have decided not to pursue their cases, feeding concern that public confidence in the criminal justice system has collapsed.’

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The Guardian, 12th August 2022

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Labour MP unfairly sacked senior adviser who called him ‘first class idiot’, tribunal finds – The Independent

‘A Labour MP unfairly dismissed his aide and ex-girlfriend after she felt “marginalised and isolated” in the months leading up to her losing her job, a tribunal has found.’

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The Independent, 3rd August 2022

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Top barrister accuses Labour of ‘spin’ over NDAs gagging ex-staff – The Guardian

‘One of the UK’s most high-profile freedom of expression lawyers has accused Labour of “spin and dissembling” for denying it attempted to stop two female ex-staffers from speaking about sexual harassment. In a highly unusual intervention, Mark Stephens, who represented Georgie Robertson and Laura Murray, said there were “high public interests at play” and said the party was “undermining their credibility” by issuing statements denying it had tried to offer them non-disclosure agreements.’

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The Guardian, 21st July 2022

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Councillor wins £30k damages after BBC misidentified her as politician accused of housing fraud – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 20th, 2022 in BBC, damages, defamation, fraud, housing, news, political parties by tracey

‘A Westminster councillor has received damages in a libel case against the BBC after the news organisation misidentified her as another BAME politician who had been accused of housing fraud.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th June 2022

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Margaret Thatcher statue egg-thrower Jeremy Webster fined – BBC News

Posted May 27th, 2022 in fines, monuments, news, political parties, public order by sally

‘A university arts chief who threw eggs at a statue of Margaret Thatcher within hours of its installation has been fined £90.’

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BBC News, 26th May 2022

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Jack Monroe to sue MP after he says ‘she makes fortune from the poor’ – The Guardian

Posted May 16th, 2022 in defamation, food, news, parliament, political parties by tracey

‘Jack Monroe has instructed libel lawyers after the Tory MP Lee Anderson alleged the writer and food blogger was profiteering from the poor.’

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The Guardian, 15th May 2022

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Former Lib Dem MP and campaigner formally settles phone hacking claim – The Independent

‘Dr Evan Harris accepted “substantial damages” from NGN, publisher of the now-defunct News of the World and The Sun, to settle his claim for unlawful information gathering.’

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The Independent, 28th April 2022

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Donald Wood jailed for sending threatening letters to MPs – BBC News

‘A man who sent threatening letters to three Labour MPs before fleeing to Morocco has been jailed for 21 months.’

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BBC News, 26th April 2022

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Tory MP Imran Ahmad Khan found guilty of sexually assaulting 15 year-old boy – The Independent

Posted April 12th, 2022 in child abuse, children, news, parliament, political parties, sexual offences by tracey

‘Tory MP Imran Ahmad Khan has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy at a house party in Staffordshire in 2008.’

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The Independent, 11th April 2022

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Paul Burgess: A Rule of Law Surprise Party(gate) – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted February 10th, 2022 in constitutional law, coronavirus, news, political parties, rule of law by sally

‘Partygate could tear apart the UK government but, regardless of one’s political preferences, there have been some good things that have come from the episode. Where it is not unusual to see different conceptions of the Rule of Law invoked on opposing sides of an argument, it was a pleasant surprise to see opposing sides invoke the concept in support of the same argument in a way that’s recognisable. “The Rule of Law” was deployed in a way that reflected the concept’s core purpose: holding those in power to the same rules and standards as everyone else and to deter the arbitrary application of power. However, this moment of unity is unlikely to settle the perennial contest relating to the concept’s meaning.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 10th February 2022

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Sir Keir Starmer in the clear over office beer – The Independent

Posted February 7th, 2022 in coronavirus, news, police, political parties by tracey

‘Durham police have investigated and said no offence was committed when the Labour leader was filmed having a drink indoors in April 2021.’

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The Independent, 7th February 2022

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Parliament watchdog will not open new investigation over Johnson’s flat refurb – The Guardian

Posted January 11th, 2022 in inquiries, news, parliament, political parties, standards by tracey

‘Boris Johnson will not face a new investigation by the parliamentary standards commissioner, Kathryn Stone, over the refurbishment of the Downing Street flat, No 10 has confirmed.’

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The Guardian, 10th January 2022

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Ex-Tory minister Andrew Griffiths raped his wife, family court judge finds – The Independent

‘A former Conservative minister has been found to have raped and physically abused his wife by a family court judge who considered evidence at a private trial.’

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The Independent, 10th December 2021

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Jeremy Corbyn secures apology, damages from councillor over tweet – Local Government Lawyer

‘Former Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn has accepted an apology and substantial damages from a councillor who published a fake picture of him appearing to endorse the Liverpool terrorist attack.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th November 2021

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Britain First activist faces retrial for alleged assault at hotel housing asylum seekers – The Independent

Posted November 12th, 2021 in assault, asylum, coronavirus, hotels, immigration, news, political parties, retrials by tracey

‘Magistrates have set aside the conviction of a Britain First activist accused of assaulting a security guard at a hotel housing asylum seekers. James White, 31, will face a retrial for assault at Coventry Magistrates’ Court on 7 March. He was found guilty of the offence in his absence on Monday, but the conviction was ruled unsafe two days later after his lawyer successfully argued proceedings had gone ahead unfairly.’

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The Independent, 11th November 2021

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Britain First activist convicted of assaulting security guard at hotel housing asylum seekers – The Independent

Posted November 9th, 2021 in assault, asylum, hotels, immigration, news, political parties by tracey

‘A Britain First activist has been convicted of assaulting a security guard at a hotel housing asylum seekers.’

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The Independent, 8th November 2021

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David Davis vows to lead rebellion against judicial review changes – The Guardian

‘The former cabinet minister David Davis has pledged to lead a rebellion against the government’s changes to judicial review, calling them a worrying assault on the legal system and attempt to avoid accountability.’

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The Guardian, 25th October 2021

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HRA reform in this parliament, Raab promises party faithful – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Human Rights Act will be overhauled before the next general election, the lord chancellor and justice secretary pledged today.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 5th October 2021

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Government poised to water down ‘radical and necessary’ overhaul of England’s planning system, report suggests – The Independent

Posted September 13th, 2021 in bills, government departments, housing, local government, news, planning, political parties by tracey

‘The government is poised to abandon key elements of its “radical and necessary” overhaul of England’s planning laws – which ministers argued would “help us build the homes our country desperately needs” – following a backlash from Tory MPs and voters in the south, according to a report.’

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The Independent, 11th September 2021

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Saturday musings: the Charity Commission and “political” campaigning – Law & Religion UK

Posted September 6th, 2021 in bills, charities, Charity Commission, elections, news, political parties by tracey

‘The Runnymede Trust is a charitable think-tank focused on race equality and race relations in the UK. The Charity Commission opened a compliance case in April 2021 after complaints about the Trust’s response to the report by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities (“the CRED report”) and the trustees’ decision to work with the Good Law Project to challenge certain public appointments. The Commission also noted the appearance of a senior executive of Runnymede at an event organised by a political party, alongside several elected representatives and affiliated speakers. The issue, in short, was whether the Trust was engaging in party-political activity, contrary to charity law – and the Commission has concluded that the Trust has not broken the law. So far, not much obviously to do with “religion” – but read on.’

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Law & Religion UK, 4th September 2021

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