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Government to take firmer stance on religious ‘conversion therapy’

Mike Freer, the Minister for Equalities, has confirmed that the Government’s proposed ban on so-called ‘conversion therapy’ will cover both practices that take place in religious settings and those that are carried out by ministers of religion. LGBT Humanists has previously called on the Government to close loopholes in its proposals on religious conversion therapy. Today it has welcomed… Read more »

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Home Office deflates restrictive firearms bill

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) is fully supportive of the Home Office’s response to a private member’s bill wishing to restrict the use of firearms. Luke Pollard, MP for Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport, is introducing a bill that aims to ban the keeping of pump-action shotguns in homes. The bill wishes to tackle the horrific… Read more »

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Govt scientists calls for ‘legal high’ ban

By politics.co.uk Legal herbal highs sold on the high street and internet could be banned in time for Christmas, after the government’s drug experts recommended legislation.   The move would be the first to target herbal highs, legal versions of criminalised drugs.   The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) warned Spice Gold,… Read more »

The commission said the government's drugs strategy focuses too much on seizures and arrests and not enough on reducing harm.
Police approach to drugs not ‘smart’ enough

By Liz Stephens The police need to take a “smarter” approach to tackling drugs according to a leading thinktank. The UK Drug Policy Commission (UKDPC) says the government’s strategy focuses too much on seizures and arrests and not enough on reducing harm. According to the commission’s report, “in some cases they have actually made things… Read more »