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Review of dog microchipping regulations underway

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) will be pushing for “meaningful improvements” within a Defra-published public consultation on a series of proposals to the dog microchipping regulations. The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations were introduced in 2015 to increase re-unification rates of lost and stolen dogs, benefiting dog welfare and saving local authorities… Read more »

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MDU welcomes step forward for openness and learning in NHS

After a successful campaign to improve the safe space provisions in the Health and Care Bill, the Medical Defence Union (MDU) explains why this is a step forward for patient safety. Following its return from the House of Lords to the House of Commons this week, both chambers have now agreed that coroners should not routinely… Read more »

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The position of attorney general Baroness Scotland looked increasingly tenuous earlier this morning
Scotland survives but reshuffle launched

Baroness Scotland’s career appears to have survived the controversy of her hiring an illegal immigrant, but Downing Street has launched a mini-reshuffle anyway. Analysts were expecting her departure to force Gordon Brown into filling in a few remaining posts from the last reshuffle earlier in June. But this morning the prime minister confirmed she would… Read more »

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Lib Dems have called for tough criminal sanctions against those MPs caught breaking rules on allowances.
Lib Dems back expenses reform

By politics.co.uk staff Lib Dems have called for tough criminal sanctions against those MPs caught breaking rules on allowances. During a vote at the party conference in Bournemouth, delegates voted for all MPs who “deliberately broke the rules” to be subject to investigation and – where justified – criminal prosecution. “We have an opportunity to… Read more »