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Humanists UK expresses concern as Government launches human rights review
Call for legal protections for teachers against ‘blasphemy’ welcomed by Humanists UK

The Government-backed independent review into political violence and disruption has been published today and recommends teachers to be given legal protections against allegations of ‘blasphemy’. This has been welcomed by Humanists UK, who has been leading the campaign for robust support for teaching staff in response to recent controversies, including the suspension of a teacher in Batley after showing an image… Read more »

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Supervising provisionally registered dentists will increase workload and accountability, DDU says

The Dental Defence Union (DDU) has raised concerns about the increased workload and accountability for dentists taking on the supervision of provisionally registered colleagues who qualified overseas. Responding to Department of Health and Social Care provisional registration for overseas-qualified dentists the DDU says it has profound misgivings about whether the system being proposed is workable and practical from a workforce and patient safety… Read more »

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The gay rights debate was prompted by the Tories' manouvres in the European parliament
Gay rights debacle puts Tory conference in a spin

By Ian Dunt The Tory conference continues to be bedevilled over gay issues, after a leading gay rights campaigner pulled out of its ‘Conference Pride’ event. Ben Summerskill, head of leading gay rights group Stonewall, decided not to attend the event last night over the conference presence of Michal Kaminski, chair of the Conservatives newly-formed… Read more »

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Stephen Fry: European allies homphobic
Stephen Fry demands Cameron reconsiders Europe stance

By Ian Dunt A group of activists, including TV personalities Stephen Fry and Eddie Izzard, have written to David Cameron urging him to reconsider his party’s grouping with the Polish Law and Justice party. The Tory leader has faced considerable criticism for joining with fringe groups and some radical right-wingers in his efforts to separate… Read more »