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David Perry QC quits prosecution of Hong Kong activists

Post date: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 05:09

British barrister was called ‘mercenary’ by UK foreign secretary for taking on case against pro-democracy figuresThe British QC hired to run the prosecution of senior Hong Kong activists, including the media mogul Jimmy Lai, has pulled out of the case after widespread pressure, the territory’s...

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Van Morrison to start legal action over Northern Ireland Covid ban on live music

Post date: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 01:57

Music legend stirs further pandemic controversy, challenging Northern Ireland government’s recent ‘blanket ban on live music’ in courtVan Morrison will challenge the Northern Irish government in court over its “blanket ban” on live music in licensed venues arising from coronavirus restrictions,...

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UK free to make trade deals with genocidal regimes after Commons vote

Post date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 19:53

Defeated measure aimed to give high court more power to protect minorities such as China’s UighursThe government has narrowly defeated a move requiring the government to reconsider any trade deal with a country found by the high court to be committing genocide.The measure, backed by religious...

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New watchdog will be able to ban dangerous materials used at Grenfell

Post date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 19:24

Announcement by housing secretary, Robert Jenrick, dismissed as ‘too late’ by UK Cladding Action Group

Scottish parliament rejects Westminster's 'spy cops' bill

Post date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 17:34

Holyrood move means covert police bill will not cover Scotland when it comes into lawThe Scottish parliament has rejected a controversial bill from Westminster that potentially allows undercover agents to commit crimes, after Labour MSPs again ignored Keir Starmer’s policies.Scottish Labour’s...

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UK government accused of discriminating against maternity leave-takers

Post date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 17:27

Charity brings judicial review and says payment calculations breach Human Rights ActThe government could be forced to award rebates to tens of thousands of self-employed women if a case accusing it of discriminating against those who have taken maternity leave is successful.About 75,000 women...

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High court grants leave to appeal to UK gender identity service

Post date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 15:47

NHS trust wins right of appeal over referrals for puberty-blocking drugs for under-16s who want gender reassignmentAn NHS trust has been allowed to appeal against a high court decision that barred it from referring under-16s for puberty-blocking treatment.The court ruled that children...

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'Eye watering': top police officer laments rate of stop and search on young black men

Post date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 13:04

Exclusive: Mike Cunningham, who has just retired as head of College of Policing, calls for ‘humility’ from former colleaguesThere is “widespread dissatisfaction” with the police among black communities with it being clear young black men are being disproportionately stopped and searched at an “...

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Meghan lawyers ask judge to rule against Mail on Sunday without trial

Post date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 13:03

Duchess of Sussex argues for ‘summary judgment’ in privacy case against Associated NewspapersA judge should rule in favour of the Duchess of Sussex without the need for a trial in her privacy case against the Mail on Sunday over publication of her letter to her estranged father because the...

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Cerrie Burnell: 'Disabled people have been shut away during the pandemic'

Post date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 13:00

The former CBeebies presenter and actor asks why disabled people are still treated as if they are inferior, especially during Covid-19 “As a disabled person you have to be so political every day,” says Cerrie Burnell, “just in how you go about your life; being joyful has to be a choice because...

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