Online safety bill returns to parliament after five-month delay – The Guardian

Posted December 5th, 2022 in bills, delay, government departments, internet, news, political parties by sally

‘The online safety bill, the government’s flagship internet regulation, returns to parliament on Monday, after a five-month delay prompted by Conservative party factional warfare threatened to kill it off.’

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The Guardian, 5th December 2022

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Watchdog apologises for saying MPs’ Christmas party costs are claimable – The Guardian

Posted November 25th, 2022 in expenses, government departments, news, ombudsmen, political parties by tracey

‘The MPs’ expenses watchdog has apologised for telling parliamentarians they could claim back some costs for Christmas parties.’

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The Guardian, 24th November 2022

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Frederick Cowell: The Three Eras of Opposition to the Human Rights Act – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘Before it entered the statute books, before it even had been brought to Parliament, the Human Rights Act (HRA) was subject to opposition which was to only strengthen over time. The nature of that opposition has varied since the publication of White Paper Rights Brought Home in October 1997, but it has served as a vehicle, and site of contestation, for many constitutional debates and disagreements over the past quarter century. Opposition to the HRA is also a reflection of broader social change in British society in the twenty-first century and this understanding is key to any analysis of contemporary proposals for reform.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 14th November 2022

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Campaigning and political activity by charities: guidance – Law & Religion UK

‘On 7 November, the Charity Commission issued updated guidance for England and Wales on Campaigning and political activity by charities. It follows the passing of the Elections Act 2022, which received Royal Assent on 28 April.’

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Law & Religion UK, 9th November 2022

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Michael Foran: Prime Ministers, Party Members, and the Efficient Secret – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘The office of Prime Minister is a creature entirely of constitutional convention. While legislation references the office itself, setting out pay for example, this is only statutory recognition of the existence of an office which arises purely by virtue of convention. It is by convention that the Monarch appoints as Prime Minister someone who is capable of commanding the confidence of the House of Commons and it is by convention that he exercises certain prerogative powers only on the advice of the Prime Minister (or another minister in his government). The mechanism for choosing a Prime Minister is, however, not entirely covered by convention. While they must command the confidence of a majority of MPs in the Commons, it is not necessary that they be chosen directly by the Commons. This is because of the party system and the presumption that the leader of a given party has the confidence of their MPs, even if they might not always have their full support.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 26th October 2022

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Labour urges immediate rights extension for associate prosecutors – Legal Futures

‘The Labour Party has called for the role of associate prosecutors (APs) to be expanded so as to help reduce the massive backlog in criminal cases awaiting hearings.’

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Legal Futures, 30th August 2022

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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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