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Cumbria Police on track to reduce the backlog

A commitment to tackle firearms licensing delays made during a meeting between BASC and Cumbria Police has been reinforced at a follow-up meeting. Cumbria Police revealed during the latest meeting with BASC that it is making rapid progress and has reduced its backlog of renewals by 57 per cent since the introduction of new resources in… Read more »

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Wales Humanists launches report on 100 years of disestablishment
Nigerian humanist Mubarak Bala’s sentence drastically cut by Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal in Kano has drastically reduced the sentence of Mubarak Bala, imprisoned President of the Nigerian Humanist Association, from 24 years to five. The judges unanimously found that his original sentence for blasphemous Facebook posts was excessive and in contravention of the law. Bala has already been in prison for four years, so this… Read more »

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Tories urged not to join with homophobes

By Ian Dunt The Conservatives have been asked to clarify if they intend to join forces with a Polish party in the European parliament known for its homophobic remarks. Liberal Democrat youth spokesperson Lynne Featherstone has written to shadow foreign secretary William Hague to clarify the matter. “By joining with these people the Tories would… Read more »

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Campaigners say health workers need training on recognising domestic violence
Smith to tackle violence against women

By Laura Miller Jacqui Smith will launch the largest ever cross-government public consultation on violence against women and girls today, in a move campaigners hope will end the “postcode lottery of support services”. The Together We Can End Violence against Women and Girls strategy will set out government action to stop violence against women and… Read more »