High-profile Conservative lawyers ousted in election landslide – Law Society Gazette

‘Lord chancellor Alex Chalk has lost his Cheltenham parliamentary seat, becoming the first cabinet minister to be defeated on a dramatic general election night.’

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Law Society Gazette, 5th July 2024

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Chris McCorkindale and Aileen McHarg: The Territorial Constitution and the 2024 UK General Election – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘The Liberal Democrat, Conservative and Labour manifestos offer markedly different visions for the future of devolution in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland after the 2024 UK General Election . At one extreme, the Liberal Democrats offer fundamental constitutional reform. If elected, they have promised to “transfer greater powers away from Westminster and Whitehall” by “[strengthening] the voices of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland” as part of a “written constitution for a federal United Kingdom”. They would, inter alia, “complete” the further devolution of powers set out in the Smith and Silk Commissions, strengthen mechanisms for intergovernmental working and dispute resolution, and remove the ability of the UK Parliament unilaterally to amend devolved competence or legislate in devolved areas. At the other extreme, the Conservative Party manifesto marks the end of the road for the further devolution of powers or the deeper entrenchment of devolved institutions. The devolved governments, they say, “now have the right balance of powers to deliver for the people [of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland]”. The Conservative Party’s focus therefore falls on holding the devolved governments responsible for their performance, making devolved governments more accountable within the devolved legislatures, encouraging the decentralisation of power away from Holyrood, Cardiff Bay and Stormont, and strengthening the role, powers and visibility of the UK Government, including in devolved areas.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 20th June 2024

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Crime and punishment: how 14 years of Tory rule have changed Britain – in charts – The Guardian

‘“Justice delayed is justice denied” goes the old legal maxim – one that has captured the state of the court system in England and Wales in recent years.’

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The Guardian, 2nd June 2024

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Angela Rayner cleared of criminal wrongdoing over sale of home – The Guardian

‘Angela Rayner has been cleared of criminal wrongdoing over claims she avoided tax on the sale of a home, with the Labour deputy leader criticising what she called the “desperate tactics” of Conservative MPs who urged police to investigate.’

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The Guardian, 28th May 2024

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What laws can the Conservative government pass before the general election? – The Independent

‘The Conservatives and Labour have held talks to work out what outstanding legislation can be rushed through parliament to become law before the Commons closes for the general election.’

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The Independent, 23rd May 2024

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Ofcom considers sanction against GB News for breaking impartiality rules – The Guardian

Posted May 21st, 2024 in bias, media, news, political parties, sanctions by sally

‘Ofcom is considering a statutory sanction against GB News over “serious and repeated” breaches of British television laws relating to the channel’s lack of impartiality.’

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The Guardian, 20th May 2024

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Tory party refers itself to watchdog over alleged data breach – The Guardian

Posted May 14th, 2024 in data protection, electronic mail, news, political parties by tracey

‘The Conservative party has referred itself to the data protection watchdog over an alleged data breach after it revealed hundreds of email addresses in a pitch to sign up for its annual conference.’

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The Guardian, 14th May 2024

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Political ads could be heading to UK TV screens due to legal loophole – The Guardian

Posted April 15th, 2024 in advertising, media, news, ombudsmen, political parties by tracey

‘ITV is considering taking paid ads from parties on its streaming platform where ban does not apply’

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The Guardian, 14th April 2024

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Retailers who break new smoking ban face on-the-spot fines in UK – The Guardian

‘Powers to issue £100 on-the-spot fines are to be handed to council officers enforcing a landmark law banning future generations from smoking, which Rishi Sunak has hailed as a chance to “save thousands of lives and billions of pounds”.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2024

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Five GB News programmes presented by Tory MPs broke impartiality rules, Ofcom says – The Independent

Posted March 19th, 2024 in bias, complaints, media, news, political parties by tracey

‘Five episodes of GB News programmes presented by Tory MPs were found by Ofcom to have broken broadcasting rules.’

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The Independent, 18th March 2024

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Shahrar Ali wins ‘gender critical’ court battle against Green Party – BBC News

‘The Green Party discriminated against former deputy leader Dr Shahrar Ali during a row over his gender critical beliefs, a court has ruled.’

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BBC News, 9th February 2024

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Popular Conservatives: Rees-Mogg attacks Lady Hale and calls for neutering of Supreme Court – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Baroness Hale revealed her “true colours” by voting against the Rwanda Bill, according to former leader of the Commons Jacob-Rees-Mogg, who yesterday called for the “politicised” Supreme Court to be emasculated.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 7th February 2024

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DPP appeals to supreme court in case of protesters who called MP ‘Tory scum’ – The Guardian

‘The director of public prosecutions is appealing to the supreme court in an ongoing and expensive battle to overturn the acquittal of two protesters found to have acted reasonably in calling Iain Duncan Smith “Tory scum”.’

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The Guardian, 31st January 2024

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Aradhya Sethia: Constitutional Accountability, Intra-party Processes, and Tortoise Media – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted January 31st, 2024 in constitutional law, news, parliament, political parties by tracey

‘It is difficult to provide a satisfying account of constitutional accountability in the UK without considering the internal processes of major political parties (especially the governing party and the largest opposition party). Yet, intra-party processes often do not receive the attention of constitutional scholars. Therefore, in this blog, I will discuss the constitutional importance and the legal treatment of intra-party processes. I will start with the constitutional significance of certain intra-party processes. Subsequently, I will discuss the consequences of the existing private law status of parties. I will then comment on the amenability of intra-party processes to judicial review in light of a recent judgment delivered by Fordham J in R (Tortoise Media) v Conservative Party [2023] EWHC 3088 (Admin) (“Tortoise Media”). The blog concludes with a caution against a blanket rejection of judicial review of intra-party processes.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 31st January 2024

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Rishi Sunak’s Rwanda bill is step towards totalitarianism, top lawyer in the Lords warns – The Independent

‘A leading lawyer who sits in the Lords has warned that Rishi Sunak’s Rwanda bill is “a step toward totalitarianism”.’

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The Independent, 18th January 2024

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Sanjit Nagi: The Stranglehold of New Labour and Lord Irvine’s Rights-based Constitution – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘Last year’s Supreme Court decision in R (AAA) v Home Secretary – which found the British government’s Rwanda policy to be unlawful – has reignited broader debates about the position of a government which commands a majority in Parliament vis a vis the judiciary, the separation of powers, the extent to which legislating against judicial decisions is constitutionally proper or compatible with the rule of law, and the appropriateness of disapplying sections of the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA 1998). This post does not restate or reengage with such topics; substantive attention has already been given by Tom Hickman KC, Professor Mark Elliott, Adam Tucker, Professor Sarah Singer, and Richard Ekins KC et al. Neither does it take a position on the feasibility or desirability of any specific government policy, the continued operation of HRA 1998, or membership of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

Instead, this post will argue that the backlash to and disapproval of the British government’s response to R (AAA) – the introduction of the Safety of Rwanda Bill, which, amongst other measures, allows Parliament to diverge from the Supreme Court’s judgment – neatly evidences the intended effect of New Labour and Lord Derry Irvine’s HRA 1998 system and judicial reforms.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 15th January 2024

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James Milton: Rule of Law, Political Accountability and the Importance of Culture – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted November 30th, 2023 in news, parliament, political parties, rule of law, standards by sally

‘Political accountability plays a key role in the operation of the rule of law. This is the main claim I seek to defend through this blog post. My framework here is that the rule of law is just as concerned about the ethos of public officials as it is their actions. Political accountability acts as a mechanism through which the ethos behind public officials actions and decision-making can be monitored. As a result, political accountability plays a crucial part in the operation of the rule of law.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 30th November 2023

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Reasonable for protesters to call Iain Duncan Smith ‘Tory scum’, court rules – The Guardian

‘Two protesters were “reasonable” in calling Iain Duncan Smith “Tory scum” outside the Conservative party conference, the high court has ruled, in a rejection of an attempt to overturn their acquittal.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2023

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Andy McDonald sues Tory MP who accused him of ‘seeking to justify’ Hamas atrocity – The Guardian

Posted November 3rd, 2023 in damages, defamation, Israel, news, political parties, war by tracey

‘A suspended Labour MP is suing the Conservative MP Chris Clarkson, who accused him of “seeking to justify the murderous actions of Hamas” in the Israel-Hamas conflict.’

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The Guardian, 3rd November 2023

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Labour seeking to delay antisemitism leak lawsuit until after election – The Guardian

‘Labour is seeking to delay until after the general election a court case against five former staff alleging they leaked a report concerned with the party’s handling of antisemitism complaints, as its costs were said to have apparently soared to £1.4m.’

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The Guardian, 6th October 2023

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