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BASC given permission to bring judicial review of Defra decision

  The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has been granted permission by the High Court to bring a judicial review of Defra’s decision to withdraw the general licence (GL43) that allowed the release of gamebirds in certain areas of England. BASC’s ‘Fighting Fund’ is being used to support the High Court challenge. BASC chief executive Ian… Read more »

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Simon Singh recently won his libel battle against the British Chiropractic Association
Opening salvo fired in libel reform battle

By Ian Dunt The opening salvo in efforts to secure reform of Britain’s libel laws was fired today with a private member’s bill demanding greater defence for freedom of speech. Private member’s bills rarely turn into law, but with the coalition government including libel reform in its upcoming civil liberties agenda, Lord Lester of Herne… Read more »

Brian Haw has been camped outside parliament for nine years
Brian Haw arrested ahead of Queen’s arrival

By staff The arrival of the Queen for the state opening of parliament has been marred by the arrest of Brian Haw, a peace campaigner. Mr Haw has been protesting in Parliament Square since 2001, and has survived several attempts to move him. But the peace campaigner was held while police searched the ‘peace… Read more »