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House of Lords votes for at-home abortion provision

During last night’s late night sitting in the House of Lords, running beyond 2am, peers voted to allow women to continue to access abortion services at home. Prior to Covid, women were required to attend a clinic in person to access abortion pills. But since then, they have been able to receive the pills by post. The… Read more »

BASC launches second newspaper campaign
BASC commits to hen harrier recovery plan

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has committed to contributing £75,000 towards Natural England’s hen harrier recovery work over the next three years, via its Legacy Fund. Three annual payments of £25,000 will aid Natural England’s objectives of winter roost monitoring, support and education around diversionary feeding, and the southern reintroduction of the species. The three-year agreement follows… Read more »

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Tony Blair pledges action against NI officers guilty of collusion
Police in NI collusion ‘will be dealt with’

Police officers who colluded with loyalist paramilitaries in Northern Ireland will be “properly and rightly dealt with”, the prime minister has declared. This week’s police ombudsman’s report detailing how members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) Special Branch protected paramilitary informers said prosecutions were unlikely because so much evidence had been destroyed. But Tony Blair… Read more »

Police ombudsman finds collusion between Northern Ireland police and loyalists
Police ‘colluded’ with loyalists

Police officers in Northern Ireland protected their loyalist informants from investigations into ten murders in the 1990s, a damning new report has found. A three and a half year investigation by police ombudsman Nuala O’Loan finds collusion between certain officers with the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) Special Branch and an Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) unit… Read more »