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Howard denies racism charge over Traveller policy

Conservative leader Michael Howard was today forced to deny charges that his decision to focus political attention on illegal Traveller sites was “racist”. On Monday Mr Howard launched his party’s five-point plan to crack-down on Travellers that he claimed are “openly abusing” the UK’s planning rules. He blamed the Human Rights Act for giving Travellers… Read more »

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Austria’s top court decriminalises assisted dying

Helping ‘seriously ill’ people to end their lives will no longer be a criminal offence in Austria, following a judgment from the country’s top court. Humanists UK, which campaigns for legal assisted dying across the UK, has welcomed the move as a victory for reason, compassion, and empathy. News of the decision comes just weeks after… Read more »

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Northern Ireland Government proposes opt-out organ donation

The Northern Ireland Department of Health has proposed introducing an opt-out system for organ donation, where a person is presumed to have consented to donate their organs after death unless they have specifically opted out. Northern Ireland Humanists has welcomed the move, and has called on the public to support the plans. Moving to an… Read more »

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Labour moves to improve school meal quality

School meals would be dramatically improved under a third term Labour government, Education Secretary Ruth Kelly promised today. Launching the party’s mini-manifesto for children, Ms Kelly said that there would be more money and minimum nutritional standards for school meals. Other key measures included a potential ban on junk food ads aimed at children and… Read more »