Environmentalists claim the Government is trying to water down rules that block pesticides linked to health defects from being used on European fields. Environmental lawyers ClientEarth have spoken out over attempts to alter strict regulations, saying those seeing to weaken the laws have influenced the European Commission into “illegally overstepping” its powers, “in clear violation of its duty to protect humans, animals and the environment”.

The Independent

Posted 23/10/2018

Doctors will be able to prescribe cannabis products to patients from 1 November, Sajid Javid has announced. The new rules apply to England, Wales and Scotland, and follow several high-profile cases.

The Times, Page: 2 Daily Mail, Page: 22 The Daily Telegraph, Page: 2 Daily Mirror, Page: 8 The Guardian, Page: 5 I, Page: 11 Yorkshire Post, Page: 6 The Press and Journal, Page: 26

Posted 12/10/2018

 Dave Thompson, the chief constable of West Midlands Police, has warned that policing is at a “tipping point” following a period of Government funding cuts. He claimed policing is on the verge of failing the public and struggling to detect crime, and said an agreement needs to be reached on what tasks the police should stop doing. He said that while the Government has focused on tackling high-end threats such as terrorism, there has been less regard for local crimes.

The Daily Telegraph, Page: 2 The Guardian Daily Express, Page: 4 The Independent

Posted 11/10/2018


The Guardian interviews Helena Kennedy, QC, who says Brexit will be a “disaster for the law and a disaster for women.”

The Guardian, G2, Page: 6-7

Posted 09/10/2018

SNP activists have called on the UK government to devolve powers over employment law to Scotland, so that bosses would be required to give abuse victims time off if they leave their partner. A motion was passed at the party’s annual conference in Glasgow saying the UK Government should either consider introducing such a law, or else hand the ability to do so to Holyrood. It came after SNP MSP Gillian Martin said that an “abused person shouldn’t have to hope her managers will be understanding” when ending a relationship. She told how New Zealand had introduce legislation requiring companies to give domestic abuse victims up to 10 days of leave from work, separate from annual holidays, if they leave their violent partner. Parts of Canada also have similar protections, she added.

Daily Mail The Scotsman, Page: 5 The Press and Journal, Page: 12-13

Posted 08/10/2018

Sajid Javid announced in his speech to the Conservative conference that women coerced into marriage by their families will be able to give evidence anonymously to block a visa for a foreign spouse. A consultation is also being started on proposals to protect victims, including adding an explicit reference to forced marriage in immigration rules, allowing it to be used as a means to refuse entry, and making it a duty for professionals to report forced marriages to the police. Mr Javid told the delegates: “It is not liberal to stay silent about illiberal practices, that’s just weakness.”

The Times, Page: 1, 2, 29

Posted 03/10/2018

The Environment Secretary has said he will urgently consider calls for a “Natasha’s Law” to improve food labelling after the death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse. The 15-year-old suffered a fatal allergic reaction to a Pret A Manger sandwich that failed to highlight sesame as an ingredient. Michael Gove said: “Of course we’ve got high food standards, but we’ve got to make sure we never have a case like this again.” The Mail reports that Pret routinely puts allergy stickers on food it donates to the homeless prompting questions as to why it doesn’t do the same for the paying public. The family’s lawyer, Jill Paterson, of Leigh Day, said: “Simple labels show at a glance what allergens are contained in the food. This is common sense. This could be done by large food businesses quickly and shouldn’t need a change in the law, particularly when you are talking about a matter of life or death.”

Daily Express, Page: 4 Daily Mail, Page: 4 The Sun, Page: 8, 26 Daily Mirror, Page: 17 The Times, Page: 20

Posted 02/10/2018


Research by the Centre for European Reform (CER) claims the UK economy is 2.5% smaller than it would have been had Britain not voted for Brexit. The CER says the vote to leave is costing the UK’s public finances £500m a week, £26bn a year.

The Observer, Page: 1, 10

Posted 30/09/2018

The Independent’s Ben Chapman reports on how criminals are targeting university towns to buy property and launder money because local agents are often less alert to laundering risks and the market is relatively stable. Mark Hayward, chief executive of NAEA Propertymark, says thousands of estate agents operate without proper oversight. Analysis of Companies’ House records by Moore Stephens found there were 25,560 estate agent businesses in July last year, yet only 11,318 are registered with HMRC for anti-money laundering purposes.

The Independent, Page: 14

Posted 16/09/2018

Ministers have refused to disclose whether they have taken legal advice on holding a fresh referendum on the final Brexit deal, arguing that revealing such detail would harm the UK’s negotiating position in Brussels.

The Independent, Page: 9

Posted 11/09/2018