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RSPB loses hen harrier judicial review

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has welcomed the decision by the Court of Appeal to dismiss legal challenges by the RSPB and Mark Avery into Natural England’s research into hen harrier brood management. In confirming the trial brood management scheme is legal, the courts have for a second time dismissed the RSPB… Read more »

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MDU calls for government action on violence against healthcare workers

The Medical Defence Union (MDU) is calling on the government to take concerted action to prevent and reduce violence against healthcare staff. In an article published in the MDU journal, which examines cases reported by members, the UK’s leading medical defence organisation found that only a handful of doctors and other healthcare professionals seek advice each… Read more »

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Met commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson warned politicians to stop interfering in the day-to-day business of the force.
Stephenson: Met must retain political ‘independence’

By Liz Stephens The Metropolitan Police must remain impartial and able to operate independent of political meddling, the country’s most senior police officer has said. Met commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson drew a line in the sand yesterday and warned politicians to stop interfering in the day-to-day business of fighting crime. Speaking at the Police Superintendents’… Read more »

Expelled: Tory MEP removed from party
Leading Tory MEP expelled from party

By staff A senior Conservative MEP has been expelled from the party, having refused to obey orders about standing for election as vice-president of the European parliament. Edward McMillan-Scott, a former leader of the Tory MEPs who has served in the parliament for 25 years, had the party whip withdrawn in July after he… Read more »