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Nuclear weapons fire up candidates ahead of general election

FREE 27 April 2010 | by Symon Hill | 0 comments

Nuclear weapons have become a top election issue following a series of attacks on the resurgent Liberal Democrats’ policy on the Trident nuclear weapons system.  The party’s leader Nick Clegg has been criticised by the Labour and Conservative leaders for opposing a ‘like-for-like’ Trident. At the same time,...

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Ex-offenders win right to review of life on sex offenders register

27 April 2010 | by Symon Hill | 0 comments

Campaigners have welcomed a Supreme Court judgment declaring that individuals should not be kept on the Sex Offenders Register for life without the possibility of review.  The ruling follows a case brought by two convicted sex offenders, one of whom was only eleven when he raped another child. Until...

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Book Trust survives as Sessions of York collapses into administration

FREE 27 April 2010 | by Jez Smith | 0 comments

Sessions of York went into administration last week, but book publishing and printing by the Sessions Book Trust will not be affected as it is a separate charity and not part of the stricken company.  The label printing company, which had a turnover of approximately £6 million per year and...

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‘No nuclear weapons at all’ still an option says Lib Dem Simon Hughes

FREE 26 April 2010 | by Symon Hill | 0 comments

Poster on a fence at an Aldermaston protest | Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament CC:BY

Senior Liberal Democrat MP Simon Hughes has said that his party may choose to decommission all the UK government’s nuclear weapons if they take power. His comments display a different emphasis to party leader Nick Clegg’s focus on replacing the Trident nuclear weapons system with a cheaper set...

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Absent without leave soldier loses appeal

FREE 21 April 2010 | by our news desk | 2 comments | 2 comments

Joe Glenton, a soldier who was sentenced to nine months imprisonment in March for going absent without leave after refusing to return to fight in Afghanistan, lost his appeal against his sentence in the high court in London today.

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Jury service and mental illness

FREE 21 April 2010 | by Terry Wisker | 2 comments | 2 comments

Friends will be familiar with the 1670 trial of William Penn and William Meade, which resulted in the right of jurors to deliver a verdict based on justice and individual liberty. The actions of Edward Bushell and his fellow jurors have always struck me as heroic and serve as a reminder...

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UN seeks women prisoners protection standard

FREE 20 April 2010 | by Oliver Robertson | 0 comments

Better international protection for women prisoners moved closer last week at the twelfth United Nations Crime Congress in Brazil.  A new set of standards, the draft UN Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders, were welcomed by delegates at the conference, which takes...

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Hard-hitting alcohol report overshadowed by mephedrone and election coverage

20 April 2010 | by Symon Hill | 0 comments

The impact of a report urging more government action to curb the UK’s drinking culture may be lost in pre-election news coverage and the controversy over mephedrone. The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) called for tough measures to combat alcohol abuse in a report submitted to...

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Anti-immigration thinking challenged by researchers

20 April 2010 | by our news desk | 0 comments

Conventional assumptions about immigration have been turned on their head this week by evidence revealing that the people most opposed to immigration are found largely in areas with relatively few immigrants. The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) found that residents of areas with high immigration were less likely to...

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Robin Hood tax falls short of support ahead of election

20 April 2010 | by our news desk | 0 comments

Quakers have joined with other faith groups to express disappointment that none of the three main political parties have committed themselves to introducing a ‘Robin Hood tax’, which would use a small levy on financial transactions to tackle poverty and climate change. The Robin Hood tax is backed by a...

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