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Cumbria Police on track to reduce the backlog

A commitment to tackle firearms licensing delays made during a meeting between BASC and Cumbria Police has been reinforced at a follow-up meeting. Cumbria Police revealed during the latest meeting with BASC that it is making rapid progress and has reduced its backlog of renewals by 57 per cent since the introduction of new resources in… Read more »

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Nigerian humanist Mubarak Bala’s sentence drastically cut by Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal in Kano has drastically reduced the sentence of Mubarak Bala, imprisoned President of the Nigerian Humanist Association, from 24 years to five. The judges unanimously found that his original sentence for blasphemous Facebook posts was excessive and in contravention of the law. Bala has already been in prison for four years, so this… Read more »

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National Insurance hike is ‘very progressive’, argues Treasury minister
National Insurance rise is a ‘very progressive’ tax, argues Treasury minister

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury has described the upcoming National Insurance hike as “very progressive” during this morning’s broadcast round. Simon Clarke told Sky News that the “enormous” NHS backlog following the pandemic meant that the rise in National Insurance contributions is a “responsible” decision. He later told the BBC: “It’s really important to… Read more »

Boris cuts Sunak down to size

Budget day has arrived, and it appears Boris Johnson may be sizing up the competition of the man who will be holding the famous red box on the steps of Downing Street. A senior MP has suggested to the media in recent weeks that Simon Clarke’s (6 foot 7 inches tall) appointment as chief secretary… Read more »