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  • Queen's Speech: EU referendum by 2017, Right to Buy scheme extended and …
    Queen's Speech: EU referendum by 2017, Right to Buy scheme extended and … 10 hours ago

    Britain will hold an in/out referendum on its EU membership before the end of 2017, the Queen formally announced during the state opening of Parliament. The pledge formed a key part of the Queen's speech, written by the new Conservative government following its majority win at the 7 May election, which also included confirmation of a "five-year plan" for the NHS that will see it work on a seven-day basis. Opening the speech outlining the Tory's plans, the Queen said: "My government will legislate in the interests of everyone in our country. More »

  • Queen's Speech: What Is The Human Rights Act?
    Queen's Speech: What Is The Human Rights Act? 10 hours ago

    Here's the history of the act and what its replacement might look like More »

  • Queen's Speech: SNP Europe spokesperson Stephen Gethins calls for 16-year-olds …
    Queen's Speech: SNP Europe spokesperson Stephen Gethins calls for 16-year-olds … 12 hours ago

    The Scottish National Party's Europe spokesperson has called for 16 and 17-year-olds to be able to vote in the upcoming UK referendum on EU membership, otherwise "they'll have to live with the consequences of our decision". Stephen Gethins, SNP MP for Fife North East, spoke exclusively to IBTimes UK about why his party is opposed to the government's plans to exclude both 16 and 17-year-olds and non-Ireland and commonwealth EU nationals residing in the UK from voting in the proposed referendum. Gethins told IBTimes UK: "If there is to be a European referendum, we are against this idea of disenfranchising people from EU countries. More »

  • Benedict Cumberbatch among celebs wanting the UK to keep the Human Rights A …
    Benedict Cumberbatch among celebs wanting the UK to keep the Human Rights A … 13 hours ago

    They are opposing the Government plans and have leant their voice to people who have used the Act in a series of short films. More »

  • Queen's Speech: PM Backs Off On Human Rights
    Queen's Speech: PM Backs Off On Human Rights 15 hours ago

    David Cameron has opted to consult on controversial plans to scrap the Human Rights Act rather than rush legislation through in the coming months. While the plans are expected to be mentioned in today's Queen's Speech, the Prime Minister will not bring forward legislation straight away because the Government does not want to "rush it through". Labour, the SNP and the Lib Dems are all opposed to scrapping the Human Rights Act and a number of prominent Conservatives, including former Attorney General Dominic Grieve, have spoken out against it. More »

  • Stars stand up for Human Rights Act
    Stars stand up for Human Rights Act 19 hours ago

    Benedict Cumberbatch is among a group of actors to voice their opposition to the Government's proposals to scrap the Human Rights Act. More »

  • What You Need To Know About The Queen's Speech
    What You Need To Know About The Queen's Speech 19 hours ago

    The Queen delivers her speech at the State Opening of Parliament today. Here's what you need to know. More »

  • Speech to set out 'clear vision'
    Speech to set out 'clear vision' 22 hours ago

    New laws to keep the lowest paid workers out of tax will be included in a Queen's Speech that sets out a "clear vision for what our country can be", David Cameron has said. More »

  • Lib Dem rivals unite on rights bid
    Lib Dem rivals unite on rights bid Mon, May 25, 2015

    The two rivals for the Liberal Democrat leadership have launched a campaign to block David Cameron's plan to scrap the Human Rights Act. More »

  • MPs bid to save Human Rights Act
    MPs bid to save Human Rights Act Sun, May 24, 2015

    Cross-party discussions have been launched to block David Cameron's bid to scrap the Human Rights Act, with potential Tory rebels being targeted to vote against its abolition. More »

  • Rape victim who was wrongly arrested by police has been given £20,000 compe …
    Rape victim who was wrongly arrested by police has been given £20,000 compe … Fri, May 22, 2015

    The teenager tried to kill herself after police accused her of lying about the attack. More »

  • Factbox - Britain's EU demands, and how they might be handled Fri, May 22, 2015

    By Alastair Macdonald RIGA (Reuters) - David Cameron met his EU counterparts on Friday for the first time since his re-election two weeks ago ensured that Britain will have a referendum in the next couple of years on quitting the bloc. At an EU summit in Riga, Cameron repeated his intention to seek reforms in the Union before giving British voters a choice. Looking at Cameron's election manifesto demands, here is how they might try to accommodate Cameron's requirements: THE RELATIVELY STRAIGHTFORWARD: - REFORM THE EU : "TOO BIG, TOO BOSSY, TOO BUREAUCRATIC" - BREAK DOWN REMAINING BARRIERS TO TRADE IN SINGLE MARKET - CUT EU BUDGET, FOCUS EU SPENDING ON JOBS AND GROWTH Much of this is already in train. More »

  • UK police make £20,000 payout to wrongfully arrested rape victim
    UK police make £20,000 payout to wrongfully arrested rape victim Fri, May 22, 2015

    A British police force has agreed to pay £20,000 ($31,000) in an out-of-court settlement to a rape victim after officers arrested her following their failure to properly investigate her complaint, a report said Friday. More »

  • Payout and apology to rape victim
    Payout and apology to rape victim Fri, May 22, 2015

    A police force has apologised to a rape victim and agreed to pay her a £20,000 out-of-court settlement after she was initially arrested by officers, according to a report. More »

  • Deepcut father's rights act fears
    Deepcut father's rights act fears Mon, May 18, 2015

    The father of a soldier who died at Deepcut barracks has criticised the Government's plans to scrap the Human Rights Act. More »

  • On post-election high, Scotland looks to wrest more power from London Fri, May 15, 2015

    The May 7 general election had scarcely ended when British Prime Minister David Cameron and Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon began publicly sparring over the question of whether Scotland could hold a second referendum on leaving the United Kingdom. Today, not even a week into his new government, Mr. Cameron met Ms. Sturgeon in Edinburgh to discuss the divide of powers between Westminster in London and Holyrood in Scotland – and fend off talk of another independence vote. While the SNP may have lost last September's referendum, the party's sweeping electoral success earlier this month has given new life to its push for independence. Despite a host of obstacles – including whether a new referendum is even legal without Westminster's acquiescence – analysts say such a move is still very much a possibility, and perhaps even inevitable. More »

  • Treasure human rights - Neuberger
    Treasure human rights - Neuberger Thu, May 14, 2015

    The UK's most senior judge has said human rights "should be nurtured and treasured". More »

  • Thursday's National Newspaper Front Pages
  • Trouble looms for British plan to stop human rights 'mission creep' Wed, May 13, 2015

    By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's new government wants to rewrite national human rights law to reduce the influence of a European court under an election promise which has divided the ruling party and prompted warnings that basic rights are under threat. The Conservatives, who won an outright parliamentary majority last week, aim to replace the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights and "break the formal link" between the country's courts and the European Court of Human Rights. Though not connected to the European Union, the court based in the French city of Strasbourg has become a lightning rod for many Britons' frustrations about perceived meddling by Europe. Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to renegotiate Britain's relationship with the EU and then hold a referendum by 2017 on whether to stay in or leave. More »

  • Sturgeon in Human Rights Act call
    Sturgeon in Human Rights Act call Tue, May 12, 2015

    The Scottish Government will oppose any attempt by the UK Government to scrap the Human Rights Act north of the border, Nicola Sturgeon has said. More »

  • Labour Unveils Shadow Cabinet To Take On Tories
    Labour Unveils Shadow Cabinet To Take On Tories Mon, May 11, 2015

    Tony Blair's Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, is to reprise his role, it has been announced, as Labour unveils its shadow cabinet. It means the Labour grandee will go head to head with Michael Gove as he sets about dismantling New Labour's Human Rights' Act and will be in post for the publication of the Chilcot report into the decision to go to war in Iraq. Lord Falconer, who was Lord Chancellor from 2003-2007, will take on the role of shadow lord chancellor and shadow secretary of state for justice. More »

  • David attacks Ed's Labour campaign
    David attacks Ed's Labour campaign Mon, May 11, 2015

    David Miliband has delivered a withering assessment of his brother Ed's failed general election campaign saying the Labour Party had appeared to go backwards under his leadership. More »

  • EU battle casts shadow over Cameron's election success
    EU battle casts shadow over Cameron's election success Sun, May 10, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron had barely toasted his surprise election victory before attention turned to Britain's future in Europe and the onerous task of quelling rebellious eurosceptics within party ranks. More »

  • Michael Gove To Become New Justice Secretary
    Michael Gove To Become New Justice Secretary Sun, May 10, 2015

    Michael Gove has been brought back to a frontline Cabinet role to oversee Conservative plans to scrap the Human Rights Act. The former Chief Whip has been appointed as Justice Secretary. His government department will be where plans will be drawn up to replace the European legislation with a British Bill of Rights. Mr Gove replaces Chris Grayling, who goes into a new role as leader of the House. More »

  • Sunday's National Newspaper Front Pages
  • Election 2015: Vernon Coaker insists Labour defence cuts will not threaten Britain's …
    Election 2015: Vernon Coaker insists Labour defence cuts will not threaten Britain's … Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Labour is insisting it would meet the UK's defence needs if elected to government on 7 May, despite its austerity plans, but will not rule out budget cuts or commit to Nato's minimum spending target. Vernon Coaker, the shadow defence secretary, told IBTimes UK in an interview that Labour would launch a strategic defence review after being elected to assess what are the country's capabilities needs. He said those needs would be funded in a comprehensive spending review. The spending review by the Treasury sets out the spending limits for each department, which depend on government resources. More »

  • Vietnam and the US test their hard-won friendship
    Vietnam and the US test their hard-won friendship Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    BANGKOK (AP) — After tanks from communist North Vietnam burst through the gates of the Presidential Palace in Saigon 40 years ago Thursday, Washington imposed a punitive economic embargo that kept Hanoi from receiving assistance even from multilateral institutions such as the World Bank. More »

  • New plea over 1948 Malayan killings
    New plea over 1948 Malayan killings Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Relatives of Malaysian rubber plantation workers killed by British troops more than 60 years ago continue their long-running quest today for an official investigation. More »

  • Answers to common questions about religious objections bills
    Answers to common questions about religious objections bills Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    Arkansas and Indiana leaders have agreed to modify new state laws that were billed as protecting religious freedom but drew criticism from across the country as opening the door to anti-gay discrimination. More »

  • Religious freedom laws not used against gays in the past
    Religious freedom laws not used against gays in the past Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Religious freedom laws like the one causing an uproar in Indiana have never been successfully used to defend discrimination against gays — and have rarely been used at all, legal experts say. More »

  • 'No way out' for rape claim woman
    'No way out' for rape claim woman Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    A "vivacious, straight-A student" taken to court for allegedly making a false rape claim killed herself three days before her trial over fears she would not be believed, her inquest has heard. More »

  • This transgender woman is protesting by taking selfies in men’s toilets. Here’s …
  • Here’s why this woman is protesting by taking selfies in men’s toilets
    Here’s why this woman is protesting by taking selfies in men’s toilets Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    It’s all in aid of transgender rights. More »

  • Idaho legislative panel halts gay protections bill Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers voted to halt a bill that would create protections for gay and lesbian people Thursday, siding with the concerns of religious freedom supporters. More »

  • Push for gay protections in Idaho stirs emotional debate
    Push for gay protections in Idaho stirs emotional debate Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Bishop Brian Thom stood quietly in front of Idaho lawmakers, hastily collecting his thoughts before responding to a question in a room packed with supporters of religious freedom and hundreds of gay rights advocates. More »