Prescott: I make my own decisions
Prescott: No conflict in taking peerage

By staff John Prescott has defended his decision to accept a peerage, saying he was never opposed to the unelected second chamber. The former deputy prime minister defended himself against charges of hypocrisy and allegations he had been forced into accepting the peerage by his wife during an interview on Radio 4 yesterday. He… Read more »

Answer NRW’s call for evidence on wild bird licensing says BASC
Improvements to livestock worrying legislation welcome news for gamekeepers, says BASC

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has welcomed the announcement that enclosed gamebirds are to be included within enhanced livestock worrying legislation in England and Wales. Listing enclosed gamebirds and increasing police powers for dealing with incidents of livestock worrying are just two parts of a wider Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill introduced… Read more »

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Danny Alexander is the new chief secretary to the Treasury
Alexander on defensive over CGT criticism

By staff The Liberal Democrats’ new chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander is on the defensive after being accused of using a tax loophole to avoid paying capital gains tax (CGT). Mr Alexander did not pay CGT on his London property, for which he claimed £37,000 on MPs’ expenses after designating it his… Read more »