Pick of the week: Stop, search, speak and strike

The Metropolitan police are set to reverse cuts to stop and search
The Metropolitan police are set to reverse cuts to stop and search
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A chance for you to catch up on our five most-read stories of the week.

Five: Feminist backlash against the censors shows tide turning in free speech debate

In fifth place this week is a piece which looked at recent developments in the free speech debate. Efforts to ban a secular campaigner from speaking at Warwick University have been reversed and two high profile feminist campaigners have recently pulled out of an event in protest at attempts to no-platform a fellow panelist. Are we seeing signs that the fightback against censors is starting?


FourLegal victory for Manchester homeless camp

This is our report on a Labour-run council's failed attempt to prosecute homeless people who have been camping out in Manchester.  Seven rough-sleepers could have faced up to two years in prison after being accused of breaching an injunction which bans them from sleeping in tents in protest against the city council's homeless policy. But a judge dismissed the application citing the council's "serious failures to comply with the rules".

Three: Corbyn's Trident defeat means Britain will break international law

In third place is our piece on Corbyn's defeat on Trident at the Labour party conference. With the debate now dead, we suggested the argument to keep Trident is far from a moderate position. And with Britain now likely to have a continuous at-sea nuclear weapon until the 2040s we asked if we are actually breaking international law?

TwoThe Labour party will now 'automatically' support all strikes

Next is our story that John McDonnell has said the Labour party will now automatically support all strikes taken by trade unions. At a conference event this week the new shadow chancellor said the party needed to become a "resistance movement". He was joined by PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka who suggested trade unions would now seek to launch co-ordinated strike action across the public sector.

One Metropolitan police to reverse Theresa May's cuts to stop and search

In the top spot this week is our report that the Metropolitan police commissioner has announced plans to reverse Theresa May's cuts to stop and searches. Bernard Hogan-Howe said there had been an increase in violence following reductions in stop and search. This came shortly after the Zac Goldsmith suggested that May's decision to reduce stop and search by an "arbitrary figure" had led to an increase in deaths.

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