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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Man guilty over abusive emails sent to Starmer and Thornberry – BBC News

Posted September 3rd, 2021 in electronic mail, harassment, housing, local government, news, political parties by tracey

‘A man who sent dozens of abusive and threatening emails to Sir Keir Starmer and Emily Thornberry has been found guilty of harassment.’

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BBC News, 2nd September 2021

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High Court gives go-ahead for judicial review challenge over ‘Levelling Up Fund” – Local Government Lawyer

‘The High Court has granted the Good Law Project permission for its legal challenge against three Whitehall departments over the multi-billion pound “Levelling Up Fund”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd August 2021

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Tory MPs suspended for trying to influence judge in Elphicke case – The Guardian

‘Several Conservative MPs will be suspended from the Commons for a day and told to apologise for trying to influence a judge presiding over the trial of a colleague for sexual assault, the standards committee has ordered.’

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The Guardian, 21st July 2021

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Jeremy Corbyn investigated by parliament’s sleaze watchdog over legal support – The Independent

Posted July 9th, 2021 in legal representation, news, parliament, political parties, standards by tracey

‘Jeremy Corbyn is under investigation by parliament’s sleaze watchdog following allegations he did not properly declare financial support given to him for legal disputes related to antisemitism claims.’

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The Independent, 8th July 2021

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Jeremy Heywood’s widow questions Greensill inquiry chief’s independence – The Guardian

‘The widow of the man who was the UK’s top civil servant during the early years of the Greensill lobbying scandal has raised concerns over the independence of the official appointed by Boris Johnson to run an inquiry into the affair.’

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The Guardian, 1st July 2021

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Oil firm led by Tory donor investigated over alleged bribes in nine countries – The Guardian

Posted June 21st, 2021 in bribery, corruption, energy, miners, news, political parties, Serious Fraud Office by tracey

‘A multinational oil firm which was led by a major Conservative donor has been under investigation for allegedly paying million-pound bribes to secure contracts in nine countries. The anti-corruption agency the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has been examining allegedly suspicious payments made by the UK-based firm Petrofac.’

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The Guardian, 20th June 2021

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Legal action launched over Boris Johnson award of peerage to Tory donor – The Independent

‘Anti-corruption campaign the Good Law Project has launched a legal action over the award of a peerage to Conservative party donor Peter Cruddas. Boris Johnson overruled advice last year from the House of Lords Appointments Committee against making the businessman a Lord – the first time the watchdog’s recommendation has been ignored.’

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The Independent, 13th June 2021

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Rodney Brazier: Mr Johnson and His Flat – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted May 4th, 2021 in ministers' powers and duties, news, parliament, political parties by tracey

‘Let me begin with what should be platitudinous. The presumption of innocence is a cherished legal principle in the United Kingdom. No one is guilty of a crime unless a court so decides after a fair hearing, and anyone accused of wrongdoing short of a crime is entitled to the protection of an analogous principle. Politicians must account to Parliament, and are answerable to the voters. Politicians must obey the law and comply with relevant codes of conduct.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 4th May 2021

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Boris Johnson flat inquiry: what sanctions can watchdog impose? – The Guardian

‘Boris Johnson is bracing for an investigation by the Electoral Commission into payments covering renovations to his Downing Street flat. What will the process will look like and what sanctions could the Conservative party face?’

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The Guardian, 28th April 2021

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Demands for ‘urgent’ reform after watchdog finds ‘no boundaries’ for civil servants in private jobs – The Independent

‘The head of a Whitehall watchdog has called for “urgent” reform of the system for vetting private sector appointments for senior civil servants and ministers, warning that “there doesn’t seem to have been any boundaries at all” for an adviser who moved straight from the heart of government to the failed finance company Greensill.’

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The Independent, 16th April 2021

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“You don’t have the votes!” – Tanveer Qureshi and Katharine Elliot – 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square

Posted April 9th, 2021 in chambers articles, elections, fraud, news, political parties by sally

‘Imagine. The UK May 2024 general election is finally drawing to a close. After months of campaigning, the votes are in and pundits are predicting a clear win for Party A. The leader of Party B is concerned the election was not fair and accusations of voter fraud and spoiled ballets begin to fly on social media and the national news. How will this be investigated? Will anyone be prosecuted? Could the election result really be overturned?’

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4-5 Gray's Inn Square, 4th March 2021

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Extreme lockdown laws extended for a further six months despite major Tory revolt – The Independent

‘Draconian lockdown laws imposed one year ago have been extended for a further six months, despite a major Tory revolt.
The Coronavirus Act – granting powers over everything from school closures and public gatherings to the detention of infected people – was renewed by MPs, by 484 votes to 76.’

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The Independent, 25th March 2021

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Ex-Labour staffer goes to court to try to identify leaker of antisemitism report – The Guardian

‘A former senior Labour staffer has taken the party to court in an attempt to force it to disclose the identity of the leaker of a report on antisemitism in the party that contained hundreds of private WhatsApp messages.’

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The Guardian, 22nd February 2021

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Peer is asked to investigate the activities of extreme right and left – The Guardian

Posted February 8th, 2021 in government departments, news, political parties, statistics, terrorism by tracey

‘The government has reportedly ordered an investigation into the extreme fringes on both ends of the political spectrum, with a peer tasked with offering recommendations to the prime minister and home secretary. The review will be led by John Woodcock, the former Labour MP who now sits in the upper chamber as Lord Walney and was appointed as the government’s independent adviser on political violence and disruption last November.’

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The Guardian, 8th February 2021

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Ministers move to stop backbench revolt over UK courts’ role in genocide rulings – The Guardian

‘The government is seeking to fend off a backbench revolt over China by giving the foreign affairs select committee new powers to investigate whether a country is so clearly breaching human rights that the UK should not agree to a free trade deal with it.’

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The Guardian, 31st January 2021

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Man sentenced after spitting at Jeremy Corbyn in ‘barrage of abuse’ during Covid first wave – The Independent

‘A 56-year-old man has been sentenced for spitting at former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in a “barrage of abuse” during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.’

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The Independent, 28th February 2021

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Court rejects Corbyn disclosure claim in Labour suspension battle – The Guardian

‘Jeremy Corbyn has lost a legal fight to force Labour to hand over documents before a possible high court challenge against his suspension from the parliamentary party.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2021

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Coronavirus: Cut jury size to clear courts backlog – Labour – BBC News

Posted January 27th, 2021 in coronavirus, courts, criminal justice, delay, juries, news, political parties by sally

‘Labour is calling for juries to be cut from 12 members to seven, to stem the “gravest crisis” in the justice system since World War Two.’

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BBC News, 26th January 2021

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