Parliament at night. MPs voted on the Budget yesterday evening and will do again tonight
Lib Dems rebel against Budget

By staff Two Liberal Democrat MPs have rebelled against plans to increase VAT in the Budget. Mike Hancock, MP for Portsmouth South, and Bob Russell, MP for Colchester, sided with Labour to vote against the increase and became the first Lib Dems to vote against the coalition government. “Most of the Budget is unfortunately… 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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Police officer numbers will fall, Acpo president warns
Police cuts ‘inevitable’

By Alex Stevenson Reductions in police numbers are inevitable, the president of the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) has warned. Sir Hugh Orde’s concerns came as he prepared to give a speech to Acpo’s annual conference. The Home Office, as one of the government departments not protected by ringfencing, faces a 25% reduction in… Read more »