Bradley Manning WikiLeaks trial ‘dangerous’ for civil liberties – experts

Soldier faces charge of ‘aiding the enemy’ by downloading and leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documentsThe trial of Bradley Manning, the US soldier who leaked a trove of state secrets to WikiLeaks, could set an ominous precedent that will chill freedom of speech and turn the internet into a danger zone, legal experts have […]
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What type of place do EDL members come from?

A document which lists purported donors to the English Defence League has been published online. We combined this data with demographic and socio-economic statistics to find the characteristics of the places where EDL members liveIn the wake of the Woolwich attack, the English Defence League has barged its way back into the headlines by way […]
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Spain’s Ehic refusal prompts legal action from European Commission

British insurance firms lodge complaints as holidaymakers in Spain are told to reclaim cost of health care from their insurerThe European Commission is taking legal action against Spain after hospitals refused treatment to British holidaymakers carrying a European health insurance card (Ehic).Holidaymakers are advised to take an Ehic on their travels, giving them peace of […]
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UK ‘will not cave in’ on EU migrant benefits

Right-to-reside test, over which UK faces legal action from European commission, is vital and fair tool to protect benefits system from abuse, says DWPThe government has pledged to fight demands to ease restrictions on EU immigrants’ access to benefits, after the European commission said it was taking the UK to the European court of justice […]
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14 things to remember about youth service mutuals

A roundup of expert advice from our recent live discussion on youth services that are being spun out of the public sectorBrendan O’Keefe – head of young people’s services, RBKCMutuals give youth services a “fighting chance”: If youth services stay in the local authority we risk a slow and painful demise. Opting out and forming […]
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Supermarkets could face harassment complaints over lads’ mags, say lawyers

Lawyers arguing that displaying publications and making staff handle them may breach sexual discrimination legislationThe UK’s main supermarkets could be exposed to legal challenges from employees and customers if they refuse to remove magazines and newspapers with naked women on their covers, a group of lawyers have claimed.In a letter published in the Guardian, 14 […]
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Letters: ‘Orwellian’ changes to legal aid provision

As a practising member of the criminal bar, I am horrified at the proposed changes to the provision of legal aid, currently undergoing a so called “consultation period” by the Ministry of Justice (Editorial, 22 May), albeit the justice minister refuses to meet the chairman of the Criminal Bar Association. It is clear that the […]
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Legal aid cuts will lead to state-sponsored miscarriages of justice | Sadiq Khan

Chris Grayling’s ill-thought-out plans could devastate confidence in our legal systemIn these straitened times, the legal system is not exempt from the need to find savings, but we all have a duty to achieve that in ways that do not put at risk the integrity of our justice system. Because it involves lawyers, cuts to […]
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Lloyds chief pledges to pull out of tax havens

António Horta-Osório, CEO of 39%-taxpayer owned bank, makes pledge after shareholder demanded to know why bank was the seventh biggest user of such facilitiesThe boss of Lloyds Banking Group pledged to pull out of tax havens where the bank is not conducting genuine business at its annual meeting on Thursday where investors hit out against […]
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Legal highs flooding UK pose immense overdose risk, warns drugs tsar

Users face growing threat from 200-plus synthetic drugs in circulation across UK, says government’s chief drugs adviserThe chief drugs adviser to the government has given his strongest warning yet on legal highs in Britain, saying there are now more than 200 synthetic psychoactive drugs being sold outside existing laws.Prof Les Iversen warned of the arrival […]
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