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MDU offers free membership for doctors fleeing war in the Ukraine

The Medical Defence Union (MDU), the UK’s leading medical defence organisation, announced today it will be offering to waive the first year of membership subscriptions for doctors who are fleeing the Ukraine or other conflict zones and are looking to resume practice in NHS roles. This follows news that the GMC is planning to fast track… Read more »

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Welsh conservation efforts set back by NRW red tape

BASC has described a decision by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to restrict the ability of conservationists and wildlife managers to control magpies, jays and jackdaws as a retrograde blow for conservation. From July 1, those who wish to control magpies, jays and jackdaws to protect species of conservation concern must now apply for a specific… Read more »

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Parliamentary standards bill ruffles MPs' feathers
‘Chilling’ expenses bill pressures govt

By Alex Stevenson and Ian Dunt More pressure was placed on the government to retreat on the original clauses of the parliamentary standards bill as debate continued in the Commons this afternoon. MPs are debating the bill on its third and final day on the floor of the Commons. Having abandoned plans for a compulsory… Read more »

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Expenses watchdog poses parliamentary privilege risk
Govt in retreat over expenses privilege fear

By Alex Stevenson Attempts to include a code of conduct for MPs in the parliamentary standards bill were dropped last night over fears it could fundamentally undermine Britain’s constitution. Today, Conservative MPs have put down amendments calling for the new criminal offences of knowingly making a false claim for an allowance, failing to register a… Read more »