Police dogs and horses are set to get more protection from attacks after Government backing for a private members bill. The legislation, coupled with a maximum five-year term for animal cruelty, has won the support of Environment Secretary Michael Gove.

Daily Express, Page: 10 The Times, Page: 9 The Sun, Page: 2 The Daily Telegraph, Page: 2

Posted 15/04/2018


MPs have called for urgent reform of the UK’s cannabis laws after a boy had his first epileptic seizure in 300 days because the government had ordered his doctor to stop prescribing him cannabis oil. Medicine for Charlotte Caldwell’s son Billy, 12, was confiscated by customs agents at Heathrow on Monday. Crispin Blunt, co-chair of the all-parliamentary group on drug policy reform, said: “A simple statutory instrument in Parliament will allow families out of the current absurd position of having to either expatriate themselves, or obtain cannabis illegally and face a prison sentence for caring for their own.”

The Guardian, Page: 13   The Times   Daily Mirror, Page: 21

Posted 13/06/2018


Labour MP Jess Phillips, who received 600 rape threats in one night from internet trolls, has called for an end to online anonymity and said she did not see why Twitter and Facebook could not be sued when people use them to spread lies. While she said the threats she received were “water off a duck’s back”, she said the abuse MPs receive “affects our democracy” as it “changes how Members of Parliament react”.

The Daily Telegraph

Posted 13/06/2018

The Guardian reports that highly skilled migrants are still being taken to court under threat of deportation from the UK for making minor and legal amendments to their taxes, despite a government promise that cases would be halted. Among the cases which the Guardian claims are still ongoing are those of two brothers who came to the UK from Pakistan in 2006 and who have been told to immediately leave the country because they owed HMRC £1.60 and £1.20 respectively.

The Guardian, Page: 17

Posted 12/06/2018


Michael Gove has pushed through new rules banning dog breeders from producing puppies with deformities, such as flat-faced dogs, including English bulldogs, which suffer respiratory and other health problems. Beverley Cuddy, editor of Dogs Today, said: “In future, anyone knowingly breeding dogs that need major surgery just to be able to breathe or eat will be seen as a criminal.”

The Sunday Times, Page: 17

Posted 10/06/2018

Theresa May will attempt to overturn all 15 of the House of Lords amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill in one sitting when it returns to the Commons next week. There will be 12 hours of debate before voting on 12th June. Labour Remainers accused the Government of trying to railroad key legislation through to avoid difficult questions.


The Guardian The Independent Daily Mail, Page: 2 City AM, Page: 5

Posted 05/06/2018

The government has agreed to stop deporting people under an immigration rule that saw highly skilled migrants removed from the UK. Some migrants who applied for indefinite leave to remain were accused of lying after making minor and legal amendments to their tax records.

Financial Times The Guardian, Page: 1, 5

Posted 30/05/2018


The Government is seeking to unlock a bank account, containing £400m, set up 90 years ago by an anonymous donor to pay off the national debt. The terms of the bequest mean the money remains locked in the specially created National Fund, so Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC has applied to the High Court to ask for the terms to be amended so that the money can be released. The history of public donations to the national debt reaches back to the early 19th century – Section 8 of the National Debt Act 1823 created a “Donations and Bequest Account” for public donations to help clear the national debt.

The Daily Telegraph The Guardian, Page: 13 Daily Mirror, Page: 11

Posted 23/05/2018

The United Nations has said Brexit could put environmental protections at risk and called for environment secretary Michael Gove to make good on his promise to deliver a “green Brexit”. Campaigners have warned that a new post-Brexit environmental watchdog would be “toothless” and leave Britain with a weaker enforcement system than in the US. Erik Solheim, executive director of the UN’s environment programme, told the Observer that any dilution of standards would put the UK’s reputation at risk.

The Observer, Page: 1, 10

Posted 20/05/2018