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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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New Finance Bill means 20 new taxes since 2000

The new Finance Bill published today introduces two new taxes, taking the total number of taxes introduced this century to 20. Apart from two one-off levies, none of these or any other taxes have been abolished over this period. The two new taxes in the new Finance Bill are: A Residential Property Developer Tax (RPDT)… Read more »

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Lord chief justice defends Human Rights Act as key counter-terrorism tool
Human rights ‘key weapon’ in tackling terrorism

Human rights laws have “unquestionably” limited the government’s attempts to tackle terrorism – but that is a good thing, the lord chief justice has argued. Lord Phillips said fighting terrorism was not just a question of reacting to the actions of suspected terrorists, but about tackling the ideology that caused them to act in this… Read more »

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Tony Blair has spoken personally with President Musharraf over the case of the British man on death row in Pakistan
Hopes raised for Briton on Pakistan death row

Tony Blair today expressed his hope of a last-minute “intervention” to stop a British man being executed in Pakistan. The prime minister said he had raised the issue “constantly” with the Pakistani authorities, and “personally” with President Musharraf during his recent trip to London. Mirza Tahir Hussain, a 36-year-old originally from Leeds, is due to… Read more »