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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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Chief justice: Parliament must never be gagged

By politics.co.uk staff Media outlets should never be prevented from reporting the goings-on in parliament by gagging orders, the lord chief justice of England and Wales has said. The comments come after the Guardian succeeded in overturning an injunction against coverage of a parliamentary question last week and before a debate today in parliament on… Read more »

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MPs’ pay deal may allay expenses concerns

By politics.co.uk staff MPs may be allowed a £3,000 pay increase to allay a rebellion over tough expenses action, rumours around Westminster suggest. Downing Street aides allegedly discussed a plan for ministers to take a £20,000 pay cut in order to increase MPs’ pay by £3,000, thereby not increasing the cost on the taxpayer. The… Read more »