Equality body launches investigation of Labour antisemitism claims – The Guardian

‘Labour has been placed under formal investigation by the equalities watchdog over whether the party has unlawfully discriminated against, harassed or victimised people because they are Jewish. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said it was launching an official inquiry under section 20 of the Equality Act 2006 after carrying out preliminary investigations since March.’

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The Guardian, 28th May 2019

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Broadcasters in legal bind over reporting on Tory crisis during election – The Guardian

‘Strict broadcasting laws place restrictions on coverage of politics during voting periods.’

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The Guardian, 23rd May 2019

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What are the rules for donating to UK political parties? – The Guardian

Posted May 22nd, 2019 in budgets, elections, financial regulation, internet, news, political parties by sally

‘The Brexit party funding row shows how technology has outpaced electoral law.’

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The Guardian, 21st May 2019

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Undercover police to have fake identities hidden at inquiry – The Guardian

‘The retired judge leading a public inquiry into the conduct of undercover officers who infiltrated political groups has granted anonymity to two-thirds of the police spies who requested it.’

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The Guardian, 29th April 2019

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Equality watchdog to decide if Labour broke law over antisemitism – The Guardian

‘Britain’s equality watchdog is close to deciding if it will launch an inquiry into whether the Labour party’s handling of antisemitism cases complies with equalities law.’

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The Guardian, 6th March 2019

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Momentum fined £16,700 for ‘multiple electoral law breaches’ – BBC News

Posted March 6th, 2019 in elections, fines, news, political parties by sally

‘The Labour-supporting Momentum group has been fined £16,700 for “multiple breaches of electoral law”, the Electoral Commission has said.’

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BBC News, 6th March 2019

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Child sexual abuse inquiry to assess merit of claims against politicians – The Guardian

‘The public inquiry into child sexual abuse has come under pressure to establish whether or not allegations against senior politicians are well founded, as its attention turns to the world of politics.’

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The Guardian, 4th March 2019

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Hizballah to be banned alongside other terrorist organisations – Home Office

Posted February 25th, 2019 in Islam, Israel, political parties, press releases, terrorism by tracey

‘Hizballah, Ansaroul Islam and Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam Wal-Muslimin (JNIM) are set to be banned following their proscription as terrorist organisations.’

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Home Office, 25th February 2019

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Rachel Riley and Tracy Ann Oberman to take legal action after Twitter abuse – The Guardian

Posted February 22nd, 2019 in defamation, harassment, internet, news, political parties, racism by tracey

‘The Countdown presenter Rachel Riley and former EastEnders actor Tracy Ann Oberman are preparing legal action against up to 70 individuals for tweets relating to their campaign against antisemitism in the Labour party, according to the pair’s lawyer.’

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The Guardian, 21st February 2019

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Is it OK to call my MP a Nazi? – Doughty Street Chambers

‘Colleague Joel Bennathan QC notes the increase in reports of abuse of those in public life, notably the recent “Nazi” slurs levelled against Anna Soubry MP in the street. But is that kind of behaviour a crime, and were the police at fault for not intervening at the time?’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 11th January 2019

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Judge refuses to publish list of political groups spied on by police – The Guardian

‘A public inquiry examining undercover policing is refusing to publish a list of more than 1,000 political groups that have been spied on since 1968.’

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The Guardian, 31st January 2019

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The case for a referendum re-run – New Law Journal

Posted January 23rd, 2019 in brexit, constitutional law, news, political parties, referendums by sally

‘How close is Plan B for a People’s Vote? David Wolchover reports.’

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New Law Journal, 18th January 2019

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It’s My Party and I’ll Cry/Sue for Accreditation if I Want To – Panopticon

Posted January 11th, 2019 in data protection, media, news, police, political parties by sally

‘How does data protection law feed into, and support, challenges to police action in the form of refusing press accreditation for a political party conference? The Divisional Court considered this in R (Segalov) v Chief Constable of Sussex Police & Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police [2018] EWHC 3187 (Admin).’

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Panopticon, 10th January 2019

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Lords committee defends decision to suspend Anthony Lester – The Guardian

‘A House of Lords committee that suspended a Liberal Democrat peer who it found had sexually harassed a women’s rights campaigner has defended its decision, after the upper house voted to block the punishment.’

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The Guardian, 20th November 2018

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Tax tribunal rules that Arron Banks suffered political discrimination – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Banks v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2018] UKFTT 617 (TC). Donations made by Arron Banks to the United Kingdom Independence Party (‘UKIP’) are subject to a tax regime which discriminates against the donor on grounds of his political opinion, the First-Tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) has found.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 14th November 2018

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Police spies infiltrated UK leftwing groups for decades – The Guardian

‘Police deployed 24 undercover officers to infiltrate a small leftwing political party over a 37-year period, the Guardian can reveal. The police spies infiltrated the Socialist Workers party (SWP) almost continuously between 1970 and 2007, often with more than one undercover officer embedded within the party.’

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The Guardian, 15th October 2018

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Equality watchdog attacks Boris Johnson’s ‘inflammatory’ remarks – The Guardian

Posted August 13th, 2018 in complaints, disciplinary procedures, equality, Islam, news, political parties by sally

‘The equalities watchdog has branded Boris Johnson’s comments on the burqa “inflammatory and divisive”, but said it has no powers to launch an investigation.’

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The Guardian, 10th August 2018

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Political ads on social media must be transparent – Electoral Commission – BBC News

Posted June 26th, 2018 in advertising, elections, internet, news, political parties by sally

‘”Urgent” action is needed to make online political advertising more honest and transparent, the UK’s election watchdog has said.’

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BBC News, 26th June 2018

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Justice Minister Phillip Lee Resigns Over Brexit Saying We Need To Be On ‘The Right Side of History’ – Rights Info

Posted June 13th, 2018 in brexit, EC law, human rights, news, political parties by sally

‘Justice minister Phillip Lee has resigned from his position, during a keynote speech about the importance of human rights.’

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Rights Info, 12th June 2018

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Ex-EDL leader Tommy Robinson jailed at Leeds court – BBC News

‘Former English Defence League (EDL) leader Tommy Robinson has been jailed for potentially prejudicing a court case, it can be reported.’

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BBC News, 29th May 2018

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