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Denied justice: Domestic abuse victims forced to stay in relationship

Denied justice: Domestic abuse victims forced to stay in relationship

Victims of domestic abuse are being forced to stay with their partner due to cuts to legal aid, a damning new finding suggest…

  • William Hague in Profile: Best Prime Minister the Tories Never Had?
    William Hague in Profile: Best Prime Minister the Tories Never Had? Fri, Jan 24, 2014

    British foreign secretary William Hague's presence at the heart of the Geneva II peace talks may have underlined the UK's reputation for "punching above its weight" on the world stage, as predecessor Douglas Hurd once claimed, but it has also reminded many that Hague is probably the best Prime Minister the Tories never had. He has become the great lost leader of the Conservative party, and all because of two key events – one major the other trivial, but both in their own ways career-defining. First, when John Major was swept from power by the Tony Blair landslide in 1997, the 36 year old Hague, was talked into becoming party leader against his better judgement "for the good of the party" and to drag it into a new age. And secondly, there was a PR disaster involving a baseball cap and funfair ride from which he never recovered. More »

  • Gareth Thomas MP: Cameron’s Europe policy is a tragedy for his party, but a … Fri, Jan 24, 2014

    The Shadow Europe Minister says the debate on Europe must focus only on stability, jobs and growth. More »

  • Just two dozen Romanians estimated to have arrived in UK
    Just two dozen Romanians estimated to have arrived in UK Tue, Jan 14, 2014

    Predictions that millions of Romanian immigrants would flood into the UK when work restrictions were lifted have proved unfounded, with one estimate claiming that as few as two dozen have arrived. More »

  • MPs Spend £250k On Portraits Of Themselves
    MPs Spend £250k On Portraits Of Themselves Mon, Jan 13, 2014

    MPs have spent almost £250,000 of taxpayers' money on portraits of themselves, it has been revealed. The pictures include a painting of Labour MP Diane Abbott for £11,750, a £10,000 image of Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith and an £8,000 portrait of Minister Without Portfolio Ken Clarke. Other portraits include a £4,000 oil painting of Foreign Secretary William Hague, a £10,346 picture of Sir Menzies Campbell and a £6,000 triptych of Tony Blair, Charles Kennedy and William Hague. More »

  • Tory Euro Wars Erupt Again with William Hague and Ken Clarke Wading Into Fr …
    Tory Euro Wars Erupt Again with William Hague and Ken Clarke Wading Into Fr … Mon, Jan 13, 2014

    The Tory party has been pitched into a new outbreak of internecine Euro wars with fresh rows erupting over immigration and national vetoes undermining Prime Minister David Cameron's hopes of keeping a lid on the issue. First a powerful 95-strong group of group of Tory MPs wrote to Cameron urging him to press for national parliaments to have a veto over any future EU legislation they believe might harm their national interests. They were immediately slapped down by Foreign Secretary, and leading Eurosceptic William Hague, who told them the demand was unrealistic and would, in effect, make the EU unworkable. So, for the umpteenth time, the issue of Europe which did so much to undermine previous Tory leaders from Margaret Thatcher on, has again broken the surface. More »

  • Ken Clarke: Immigration Makes UK "Far More Exciting"
    Ken Clarke: Immigration Makes UK "Far More Exciting" Mon, Jan 13, 2014

    Kenneth Clarke has attacked David Cameron's claims that European Union rules have led to "vast migrations". The former chancellor and Conservative MP for Rushcliffe stated that foreigners have made Britain a "far more exciting and healthier" society. He told the Financial Times: "I just don't think it's true that the European Union is responsible for unacceptable waves of migration" His remarks have come under contention with foreign secretary William Hague, who told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that there has been "large-scale migration". More »

  • 'Right wing nationalist escapism': Clarke comes out swinging against …
    'Right wing nationalist escapism': Clarke comes out swinging against … Mon, Jan 13, 2014

    Ken Clarke has hit out hard at the increasingly bellicose anti-immigrant rhetoric coming out of Downing Street, with a description of concerns about EU freedom of movement as "typical right wing, nationalist escapism". More »

  • Ken Clarke In China On NHS Export Mission
    Ken Clarke In China On NHS Export Mission Mon, Jan 13, 2014

    The UK's trade envoy Ken Clarke is on a week-long trip to China in an effort to 'export' elements of the NHS to the world's second largest economy. Mr Clarke, a former health secretary, has brought a 50-strong delegation of health professionals with him for the trip which will "promote the UK’s world-beating healthcare sector companies to the Chinese market". Thirty-eight British health companies, universities and training hospitals are represented on the mission which will visit Beijing, Tianjin, Nanjing, Zhejiang and Shanghai. "I am very happy to be leading another delegation of excellent British companies to China, which will build on the progress made by the Prime Minister when he visited in November," Mr Clarke said. More »

  • Why are 50% of Sex Attackers Going Free in Cameron's Britain?
    Why are 50% of Sex Attackers Going Free in Cameron's Britain? Wed, Jan 8, 2014

    Around 50% of criminals convicted of sex offences, burglary and violence in England and Wales in 2012 did not face jail sentences, according to information released by the Ministry of Justice. The figures were released following a parliamentary question from shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan, who commented that the news was an insult to victims. "Some of these crimes are so serious and violent that members of the public rightly expect them to lead to a prison sentence. More »

  • UK spies told to ignore U.S. detainee abuse after 9/11 - inquiry
    UK spies told to ignore U.S. detainee abuse after 9/11 - inquiry Thu, Dec 19, 2013

    By Peter Griffiths LONDON (Reuters) - British intelligence officers in Afghanistan knew about the mistreatment of suspected militants by the United States after the September 11, 2001 attacks, but were told not to intervene for fear of offending Washington, an inquiry found on Thursday. In a series of episodes which the government said had damaged Britain's international reputation, the report also found that British spies had been involved in the U.S. practice of "rendition", in which captured militants were transferred without legal process to third countries. "Documents indicate that in some instances UK intelligence officers were aware of inappropriate interrogation techniques," the report said. "(The) government or its agencies may have become inappropriately involved in some cases of rendition." Prime Minister David Cameron set up the inquiry in 2010 to examine if British agents worked with foreign security services, including from the United States, who stand accused of abusing detainees in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay. More »

  • UK Knew Prisoners Mistreated, Says Report
    UK Knew Prisoners Mistreated, Says Report Thu, Dec 19, 2013

    British intelligence officers knew prisoners were being tortured and were involved in rendition cases, a report has found. The inquiry into the UK involvement in the torture and rendition of detainees following 9/11 has found that officers were "aware of inappropriate interrogations techniques and mistreatment" of prisoners, including sleep deprivation, hooding and waterboarding. The interim findings of the inquiry by Sir Peter Gibson, a former appeal court judge, also found that the Government may have "become inappropriately involved" in some cases of rendition. Sir Peter's investigation, which reviewed 20,000 security document, found there were 27 areas which needed further investigation relating to interrogation, rendition and the way intelligence officers were trained. More »

  • Ken Clarke Calls For Full Veil Ban In Courts
    Ken Clarke Calls For Full Veil Ban In Courts Sun, Nov 3, 2013

    Muslim women should be banned from wearing a veil while giving evidence in British courts, a senior Conservative MP has argued. Ken Clarke likened traditional female Islamic dress to being "in a kind of bag" and said he found it "a most peculiar costume for people to adopt in the 21st century" during a BBC radio show. He claimed his comments were not motivated by "Islamophobia", but said he felt it was essential for the court to be able to see a witness's body language. The former Chancellor and Home Secretary said: "I don't think a witness should be allowed to give evidence from behind a veil. More »

  • Ken Clarke says Islamic veil should be banned in courts
    Ken Clarke says Islamic veil should be banned in courts Sun, Nov 3, 2013

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Muslim women should be banned from wearing a veil when giving evidence in British courts, a cabinet minister in Prime Minister David Cameron's government said on Sunday, arguing it was hard to judge someone's testimony otherwise. In comments likely to stir up an already emotive debate, Ken Clarke, a minister without portfolio who used to work as a criminal barrister, likened traditional female Islamic dress to being "in a kind of bag", and said he found it "a most peculiar costume for people to adopt in the 21st century." "I think we do need a clear rule. I don't think a witness should be allowed to give evidence from behind a veil," Clarke, a former Home Secretary, told BBC radio. It's almost impossible to have a proper trial if one of the persons is in a kind of bag." A judge's ruling in September that a Muslim woman could not give evidence at her trial wearing a full-face veil sparked debate about whether Britain should follow other European countries and ban veils in schools and public places. More »

  • No more early release for serious offenders
    No more early release for serious offenders Fri, Oct 4, 2013

    The coalition is to legislate to prevent the automatic early release of serious offenders. More »

  • David Cameron: Labour's business bashing is 'crazy'
    David Cameron: Labour's business bashing is 'crazy' Wed, Oct 2, 2013

    David Cameron today promised to make Britain a "land of opportunity" as he accused Labour of a "crazy" attempt to bash British business. More »

  • Ken Clarke attacks 'eurosceptic extremism'
    Ken Clarke attacks 'eurosceptic extremism' Tue, Oct 1, 2013

    Conservative EU champion Ken Clarke has hit out at the "extreme right-wing nationalism" of eurosceptics - in both Ukip and his only party. More »

  • British PM warns danger of fresh Syria attack if no US strike
    British PM warns danger of fresh Syria attack if no US strike Wed, Sep 4, 2013

    Blocked by his own parliament from taking military action against Syria, British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday urged the United States to act or risk further chemical weapons attacks by the regime. More »

  • Britain names new envoy to try to reshape EU ties Wed, Sep 4, 2013

    By Peter Griffiths LONDON (Reuters) - One of Prime Minister David Cameron's most senior advisors is to become Britain's new ambassador to the European Union, the government said on Wednesday, a role at the centre of efforts to reshape ties with the EU before a possible in/out referendum. Former finance ministry official Ivan Rogers, who advises Cameron on the EU and global issues, will be handed one of the toughest jobs in diplomacy at a historic moment in Britain's often tortured relationship with its biggest trading partner. ... More »

  • 'The minister for human resources': MPs want Whitehall HR chief
    'The minister for human resources': MPs want Whitehall HR chief Fri, Jun 14, 2013

    Ministers need a minister to train them to be better ministers, a group of non-ministers has concluded, in a clear-cut case of ministerial overdrive. More »

  • Bilderberg Conference Watford 'Too Secret'
    Bilderberg Conference Watford 'Too Secret' Thu, Jun 6, 2013

    A gathering of the world's most powerful people has been slammed for its lack of openness and transparency. More »

  • Bilderberg 2013 At Watford's Grove Hotel
    Bilderberg 2013 At Watford's Grove Hotel Mon, Jun 3, 2013

    Some of the most powerful figures on the planet are preparing to gather for an annual summit to discuss global policy - at a venue just off an A road in Watford. More »

  • Hammond won't yield before star chamber threat
    Hammond won't yield before star chamber threat Wed, May 29, 2013

    Philip Hammond has made clear he is far from waving the white flag over more spending cuts, after George Osborne reconstituted the 'star chamber' to bring Whitehall's biggest beasts into line. More »

  • Ex-Crimewatch presenter sparks fury over rape comments
    Ex-Crimewatch presenter sparks fury over rape comments Mon, May 27, 2013

    Former BBC Crimewatch presenter Nick Ross issued a statement on Monday defending himself over controversial remarks made in his new book suggesting "rape isn't always rape". More »

  • Nick Ross In 'Rape Isn't Always Rape' Row
    Nick Ross In 'Rape Isn't Always Rape' Row Mon, May 27, 2013

    Broadcaster Nick Ross has been forced to defend himself over controversial remarks suggesting "rape isn't always rape". More »

  • Cameron To Publish In/Out EU Referendum Bill
    Cameron To Publish In/Out EU Referendum Bill Tue, May 14, 2013

    David Cameron's dramatic decision to publish a draft Bill which would guarantee an in-out EU referendum appears to have failed to quell backbench rebellion. More »

  • Local Council Elections: UKIP Make Big Gains
    Local Council Elections: UKIP Make Big Gains Fri, May 3, 2013

    The UK Independence Party has made stunning electoral gains and declared itself the "official opposition" - largely at the expense of the Conservative Party and Liberal Democrats. More »

  • British PM braced for drubbing in local elections
    British PM braced for drubbing in local elections Fri, May 3, 2013

    Counting was under way in England on Friday in local elections which are expected to deliver a drubbing to Prime Minister David Cameron and confirm the rise of the anti-immigration UK Independence Party. More »

  • Cameron braced for drubbing in local elections
    Cameron braced for drubbing in local elections Thu, May 2, 2013

    Counting was under way in England on Thursday in local elections which are expected to deliver a drubbing to Prime Minister David Cameron and confirm the rise of the anti-immigration UK Independence Party (UKIP). More »

  • Is Ukip about to turn England into a four-party state?
    Is Ukip about to turn England into a four-party state? Thu, May 2, 2013

    England could truly start to look like a four-party electoral system today, as much of the country goes to the polls in local elections. More »

  • UKIP Nazi Salute 'Was Grab For Camera'
    UKIP Nazi Salute 'Was Grab For Camera' Wed, May 1, 2013

    A UK Independence Party (UKIP) candidate accused of making a Nazi-style salute was trying to grab a camera from his girlfriend, according to his party leader. More »

  • UKIP 'Nazi salute' candidate was 'imitating pot plant'
    UKIP 'Nazi salute' candidate was 'imitating pot plant' Wed, May 1, 2013

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage said Wednesday that he believes that a party candidate photographed performing an apparent Nazi salute was actually "imitating a pot plant". More »

  • Cameron Distances Himself From UKIP Jibes
    Cameron Distances Himself From UKIP Jibes Wed, May 1, 2013

    David Cameron has distanced himself from Tory ministers who have attacked the UK Independence Party in the run-up to this week's local elections. More »

  • Tories in retreat as 'clown-like' Ukip surge in polls
    Tories in retreat as 'clown-like' Ukip surge in polls Wed, May 1, 2013

    The Conservatives appear to have ended their assault on Ukip one day before this year's shire local elections, as a poll puts Nigel Farage's party on an eye-watering 22%. More »

  • UKIP caught in race storm
    UKIP caught in race storm Tue, Apr 30, 2013

    Britain's anti-European and anti-immigration UK Independence Party faced a growing racism storm on Tuesday ahead of local elections seen as a test of its ability to take seats off Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives. More »

  • Ukip surges to new poll high despite racism accusations
    Ukip surges to new poll high despite racism accusations Tue, Apr 30, 2013

    Ukip surged to a new poll high today, despite ongoing revelations of racist and far-right behaviour from its candidates. More »