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PM defends Afghanistan commitment

By politics.co.uk staff Nine deaths in as many days among British soldiers in Afghanistan left Gordon Brown on the defensive in L’Aquila, Italy. The prime minister, speaking at the G8 summit as the latest two fatalities were repatriated to RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire, insisted the government was providing troops with the equipment they need. “We… Read more »

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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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Martin Salter is chair of the all-party Gurkha rights group
Brown to sort out Gurkha ‘bun-fight’

By Alex Stevenson Only Gordon Brown can resolve Gurkha tensions between the Home Office and the Ministry of Defence (MoD), Labour’s leading campaigner on the issue has said. Martin Salter, who won key concessions from the government before its Commons defeat on the Gurkhas last week, said he was “pleased” the prime minister had taken… Read more »