Schools watchdog chief denies Ofsted has anti-Christian agenda – The Guardian

Posted January 29th, 2015 in Christianity, complaints, education, news, select committees by sally

‘The chief inspector of schools has been forced to deny that Ofsted had a political agenda against Christian schools after he came under fire from MPs following damning reports by inspectors for two free schools.’

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The Guardian, 28th January 2015

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Child abuse victims’ lawyer calls for swift decision on inquiry panel’s future – The Guardian

Posted January 21st, 2015 in child abuse, evidence, inquiries, news, select committees, victims by sally

‘A lawyer representing victims of child abuse has called for a swift decision by Theresa May on the future of the independent panel set up to investigate institutional abuse amid concerns that evidence is being lost or destroyed.’

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The Guardian, 20th January 2015

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CIA torture report: Theresa May insists she did not demand redactions – Daily Telegraph

‘Theresa May, the Home Secretary, has insisted she did not request any redactions to the American report which exposed graphic details of CIA torture.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th December 2014

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Home secretary backs tougher powers for child sex abuse inquiry – The Guardian

Posted December 16th, 2014 in child abuse, inquiries, news, select committees, sexual offences, time limits by tracey

‘Theresa May tells MPs she is also considering revising cut-off date for sex abuse allegations to include claims from 1950s.’

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The Guardian, 15th December 2014

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The Judiciary, the Executive and Parliament: Relationships and the Rule of Law – Speech by Lord Chief Justice

The Judiciary, the Executive and Parliament: Relationships and the Rule of Law (PDF)

Speech by Lord Chief Justice

Institute for Government, 1st December 2014

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Dyson: miscarriages of justice likely since LASPO – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Master of the rolls Lord Dyson has told MPs that an increase in litigants in person has caused miscarriages of justice.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 1st December 2014

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Jailed Twitter troll speaks of regret – BBC News

‘Internet trolling has become a growing problem in recent years, but is enough being done to teach children about online abuse?’

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BBC News, 17th November 2014

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MPs reject call to propose candidates for abuse inquiry role – The Guardian

Posted November 14th, 2014 in child abuse, inquiries, news, select committees by tracey

‘MPs have rejected a “totally inappropriate” suggestion from Theresa May, the home secretary, that they should put forward three candidates to be the next chairman of the government’s child abuse inquiry.’

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The Guardian, 13th November 2014

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Grayling ‘has no understanding of his role’ – Falconer – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Former lord chancellor Lord Falconer has attacked successor Chris Grayling for failing to view his commitment to the rule of law as different to that of any other government minister.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd October 2014

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Family courts unfair for litigants in person, MPs told – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 5th, 2014 in budgets, family courts, legal aid, litigants in person, news, select committees by tracey

‘Litigants in person are not getting fair hearings, the Common’s Justice Committee heard this morning.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd September 2014

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Cliff Richard case: BBC and police face parliamentary inquiry into coverage – The Guardian

Posted August 19th, 2014 in BBC, inquiries, media, news, police, select committees by tracey

‘The BBC director general, Tony Hall, and South Yorkshire police are facing a parliamentary inquiry over the leaking of highly sensitive information about the investigation of Sir Cliff Richard as an independent inquiry into the affair was announced.’

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The Guardian, 19th August 2014

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Graham Allen: Kick-starting the debate on a codified constitution for the UK – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted August 14th, 2014 in constitutional reform, consultations, news, select committees by sally

‘Does the United Kingdom need a codified constitution? It’s a question on which generations of law students will have had to write essays, burning the midnight oil and scribbling or tapping away into the night, rehearsing the pros and the cons. But I want it to be something else: the start of a lively and passionate public debate that could result in real change to our country’s democratic set-up.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 14th August 2014

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Secret deal meant mesothelioma compensation scheme favoured insurers – The Independent

‘A Government compensation scheme supposed to help the families of people killed by exposure to asbestos was too heavily influenced by the insurance lobby, a parliamentary inquiry has found.’

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The Independent, 1st August 2014

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‘Revenge porn’ laws must be clearer, say Lords – The Guardian

‘Clarification is needed on the law around “revenge porn” and when it could lead to a prosecution, a committee of peers has said.’

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The Guardian, 29th July 2014

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Female genital mutilation: a breach in the UK’s duty of care? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted July 21st, 2014 in female genital mutilation, news, prosecutions, select committees by sally

‘A report by the Home Affairs Committee (HAC) is a response to what it calls the “ongoing national scandal” of female genital mutilation (FGM). FGM is the mutilation of the genitalia of young women and girls for non-medical reasons. The history of FGM in the UK makes for sobering and shocking reading. It is estimated that 170,000 women and girls are living with the legacy of FGM in this country and 65,000 girls aged 13 or under are at this moment at risk of mutilation. Despite having been criminalised here in 1985, there has not been a single successful prosecution.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 18th July 2014

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Tougher penalties urged for people who name rape victims on social media – The Guardian

Posted July 10th, 2014 in anonymity, internet, news, penalties, privacy, select committees, victims by sally

‘Tougher penalties may be needed to deal with Twitter and Facebook users who are “deliberately naming and abusing” rape victims online, a legal adviser to the Crown Prosecution Service has said.’

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The Guardian, 9th July 2014

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700 new convictions for ‘historical sex abuse’ pushing up prison population – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 9th, 2014 in news, prisons, select committees, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, says sex offenders found guilty of historical crimes are partly to blame for a 1,600 year-on-year rise in prison numbers.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th July 2014

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Female genital mutilation: Prosecute health professionals who fail to report signs of FGM, MPs say – The Independent

‘Doctors and nurses who fail to report that girls in their care have suffered female genital mutilation (FGM) should be prosecuted in an effort to tackle the scandal of “this horrific abuse”, MPs say in a report published today.’

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The Independent, 3rd July 2014

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Facebook faces UK probe over emotion study – BBC News

Posted July 2nd, 2014 in consent, data protection, internet, news, privacy, select committees by sally

‘A UK regulator is investigating whether Facebook broke data protection laws when it conducted a psychological study on users without their consent.’

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BBC News, 2nd July 2014

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Should prisoners have the right to vote? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted July 1st, 2014 in elections, human rights, news, prisons, select committees, treaties by sally

‘Since 1969 no convicted prisoner in the UK has been allowed to vote. This prohibition was imposed, without debate, by the Representation of the People Act 1969. For two years before that there was no statutory bar to prisoners voting by post, albeit that there were, in many cases, administrative restrictions that prevented them from doing so.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 30th June 2014

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk