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Firearms licensing service improved after criticism

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has been made aware that several firearms licensing departments that had previously stopped grant applications have revised their policy after criticism from BASC, press coverage and intervention by MPs. Licensing departments in North Yorkshire, Thames Valley, Kent and Northamptonshire had all previously announced that grant applications for… Read more »

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Public had ‘right to know’ Kelly chose private school

Members of the public had a right to know a cabinet minister had sent her son to a private school as it raised important points for public debate, the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) has ruled. The PCC has unanimously rejected a complaint against the Daily Mirror by former education secretary Ruth Kelly that the paper… Read more »

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Ming: stop and search overused
Stop and search ‘overused and ineffective’

Police powers to stop and search are overused and will do little to prevent terrorism, the leader of the Liberal Democrats argued today. Speaking to Muslim community leaders at a mosque in Birmingham, Sir Menzies Campbell warned indiscriminate powers to stop and search risked alienating minority communities and had been overused to little effect. Intelligence… Read more »