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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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Conservatives propose new website detailing government spending
Brits to ‘google their taxes’

Taxpayers would be able to look up on a website how their money has been spent under new proposals published by the Conservatives. Shadow chancellor George Osborne has unveiled details of a new bill which would require government to register all spending over £25,000 and for citizens to access it, in real time, on a… Read more »

Stephen Byers says the comprehensive spending review must outline New Labour's future policies
Byers: Make or break time for Labour

Former cabinet minister Stephen Byers has warned that the forthcoming year will be “make or break time for New Labour”. Writing in the Times, the Tony Blair ally claims that next year’s comprehensive spending review will involve a “fundamental reconsideration” of Labour’s priorities and establish the party’s political agenda for the next decade. Mr Byers’… Read more »