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Government to take firmer stance on religious ‘conversion therapy’

Mike Freer, the Minister for Equalities, has confirmed that the Government’s proposed ban on so-called ‘conversion therapy’ will cover both practices that take place in religious settings and those that are carried out by ministers of religion. LGBT Humanists has previously called on the Government to close loopholes in its proposals on religious conversion therapy. Today it has welcomed… Read more »

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Home Office deflates restrictive firearms bill

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) is fully supportive of the Home Office’s response to a private member’s bill wishing to restrict the use of firearms. Luke Pollard, MP for Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport, is introducing a bill that aims to ban the keeping of pump-action shotguns in homes. The bill wishes to tackle the horrific… Read more »

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Cannabis row explodes again

By politics.co.uk staff The government’s chief drug advisor has gone to war against the Home Office, in the latest episode of a simmering row between experts and the government. Professor David Nutt, of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, said cannabis did not cause major health problems and should have remained a class… Read more »

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Analysis: Britain’s besmirched Lords

For hundreds of years Britain’s noble lords were trusted to abide by the concept of “honour”. The expenses scandal means those days are now over. By Alex Stevenson It’s been a “difficult year” for parliament. That was the rather miserable assessment of Lord Eames, the man tasked with chairing the group which has redrafted the… Read more »