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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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Sleaze watchdog urges PM to launch inquiry into John Prescott's behaviour
Watchdog urges Prescott probe

Tony Blair must investigate whether John Prescott has breached the ministerial code to avoid appearing “lax” about standards, parliament’s sleaze watchdog has warned. Alistair Graham said the prime minister would “clear the air” by ordering a probe into his deputy’s meetings with American billionaire Philip Anschutz, whose firm is bidding to host Britain’s first super-casino… Read more »

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MPs defend being given free tickets to England's first match in the World Cup
MPs defend McDonald’s World Cup tickets

MPs were last night forced to explain why they had accepted free tickets for England’s opening game at the World Cup from MacDonald’s. The House of Commons football team, which includes 12 MPs, was given 23 tickets with the best views of the pitch for the match against Paraguay in Frankfurt on Saturday. The revelation… Read more »