Choudary’s conviction – and why we don’t need an extremism offence

Aug 17, 2016 by

by Paul Goodman, Conservative Home: The Home Office once told this site that an Extremism Bill, contained in the list of measures announced in May when David Cameron was Prime Minister, was necessary if the likes of Anjem Choudary were to be charged and convicted – in other words, people who don’t themselves commit violent acts but incite other people to do so. None the less, the odious Choudary is at last on his way to prison.  There are claims this morning that his series of front...

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Scottish government begins response after Named Person scheme defeat

Jul 31, 2016 by

by Aaron James, Premier: The Scottish government has begun amending its Named Person scheme despite significant opposition from Christians and a defeat over the legislation in the Supreme Court. Deputy First Minister John Swinney held talks with public sector bodies and charities to begin changing the draft law. The Named Person scheme was found to be against human rights legislation which guarantees the right to a family and private life. The judgement said: “The first thing that a...

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Government must not allow counter extremism to undermine freedom of religion

Jul 29, 2016 by

Barnabas Fund Editorial: For more than two decades Barnabas Fund has spoken out and supported persecuted Christians, particularly in Muslim-majority contexts. We have recognised that to support our brothers and sisters facing persecution overseas we must speak out both on the persecution itself and on the ideology driving that persecution. In doing so we have always sought to strike a careful balance, distinguishing between ideology and people. On the one hand are the root causes of...

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Named Persons in the Borders getting less than 3 hours training for the job

Jul 25, 2016 by

by John Lamont MSP: With less than two weeks to go until the named person scheme is rolled out in the Borders, it can be revealed that those involved are getting less than 3 hours training for the job. While elsewhere in Scotland courses are lasting 5 days in the Scottish Borders new named persons are given just 3 hours of training, including a 15 minute coffee break. The shocking revelation follows the admission from Scottish Borders Council earlier on in the year that “no additional budget...

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Counter-extremism bill branded confusing by peers and MPs

Jul 22, 2016 by

by Peter Walker, Guardian: Cross-party committee says there is no need for a new law, adding that proposals are alarmingly vague and will lead to people being wrongly suspected. The government’s planned laws for countering extremism and terrorism are confusing, based on questionable assumptions, and risk bringing law abiding people under unnecessary scrutiny, according to a damning report by a cross-party group of MPs and peers. The much delayed counter-extremism bill, now rebranded as the...

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David Cameron warns MPs would defeat attempts to repeal gay marriage after Andrea Leadsom criticism

Jul 9, 2016 by

by Ben Riley-Smith, Telegraph: David Cameron has warned that any attempt to repeal his gay marriage law will be voted down by MPs after Tory leadership candidate Andrea Leadsom criticised the legislation. The Prime Minister said he was “extremely proud” of the move and claimed an “enormous” majority of MPs support it, praising how Britain led the way on the issue. Earlier this week Mrs Leadsom, who abstained in the original vote, said she “did not like” the...

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