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Blimey, hot enough for you, etc, how’ve you been, going anywhere nice on holidays? Yes I know, you haven’t seen me around here in ages. 607 more words


Bishop of Chester supports amendment to Criminal Justice and Courts Bill

On 21st July 2014, the Bishop of Chester, the Rt Revd Peter Forster, spoke during the Committee Stage of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill. He spoke in support of an amendment to make assault on workers selling alcohol a specific criminal offence. 233 more words


Home Ministry backs down from six-month birth certificate-for-passport rule

Home Ministry backs down from six-month birth certificate-for-passport rule

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 – Written by  Demerara Waves

In the wake of a public outcry, the Home Affairs Ministry on Wednesday backed down from its original demand and said applicants for new passports must now furnish birth certificates that have been obtained no more than two years before. 171 more words


Ken Macdonald: How the Drip bill will help us convict criminals (via The Guardian)

This new emergency surveillance bill poses no threat to privacy. The coalition should be proud of it.

For supporters of the use of intercept evidence in criminal trials – that’s to say real-time recordings of conspirators convicting themselves out of their own mouths – there is something surprising about some of the reaction to the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill (the unfortunately monikered Drip), before the House of Lords tomorrow. 68 more words


Brian Paddick: The surveillance law is a threat to criminals, not privacy (via The Guardian)

Opponents of the new legislation on surveillance being pushed through parliament this week say that it contains “sweeping new powers” to require communications and internet companies overseas to respond to requests from British government agencies for data. 118 more words


Brian Paddick: The difficult balancing act between privacy and security (via Lib Dem Voice)

As a Liberal former police officer I am acutely aware of the difficult balancing act the government has to perform between keeping us safe and keeping our personal data safe. 185 more words


Bishop of Chelmsford calls for implementation of Low Commission findings on legal aid

On 7th July 2014, Lord Bach asked Her Majesty’s Government, 15 months after the coming into force of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, what is their assessment of the effect of the Act on the legal advice system in relation to social welfare law in England and Wales. 166 more words