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Lord Falconer admits the criminal justice system is in "chaos"
Lord Falconer: Criminal justice system in chaos

Parts of the country’s criminal justice system are in “general chaos”, the Lord Falconer has said. The lord chancellor, who is responsible for legal affairs, made the remark at a conference of senior barristers in London yesterday. Lord Falconer made the frank comments at a Bar Council gathering in response to a question from one… Read more »

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International development secretary Hilary Benn says cluster bombs should be banned
Benn seeks cluster bomb ban

The international development secretary has called for the British and US military to stop using cluster bombs, according to a leaked letter. Deputy prime minister hopeful Hilary Benn wrote last week to cabinet colleagues, defence secretary Des Browne and foreign secretary Margaret Beckett. He described the controversial weapon as “essentially equivalent to landmines”, which were… Read more »