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Boy must leave mother with 'hateful feelings' for father, judge rules

Eight-year-old has to live with father to avoid significant emotional harm, parents toldAn eight-year-old boy has moved home after a judge was told he was being influenced by his mother’s “hateful feelings” towards his father.The judge, Lloyd North, decided the child should leave his mother and live with his father. North said the boy would be exposed to “significant emotional harm” if he remained with his mother. Continue reading...
Tags: Children, Law, Society, UK News, Family law, North, Norwich, Lloyd North


Polly Higgins, lawyer who fought for recognition of 'ecocide', dies aged 50

Campaigner and barrister attempted to create a law to criminalise ecological damagePolly Higgins, one of the most inspiring figures in the green movement, has died aged 50.Higgins, a British barrister, led a decade-long campaign for “ecocide” to be recognised as a crime against humanity. She sold her house and gave up a high-paying job so she could dedicate herself to attempting to create a law that would make corporate executives and government ministers criminally liable for the damage they do...
Tags: Law, Climate Change, Environment, UK News, Higgins, Polly Higgins


Kalashnikovs and no-go zones: east Burkina Faso falls to militants

Locals say they live in fear of violence and face harsh punishment for breaking rules When a stranger arrives in Bartiébougou, the Kalashnikov-wielding men in charge check his ID. But first they check his forehead. They are looking for the indent left by a beret – an instant indication he is a soldier and therefore an enemy spy.Like much of eastern Burkina Faso, the government has no control over what happens in Bartiébougou; local militants, backed by west African extremist groups, do. Continue...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, Africa, Society, UK News, World news, Military, Aid, Global development, Burkina Faso, Bartiébougou


Tony Blair: migrants should be forced to integrate more to combat far right

Former PM claims that ‘failure’ of multiculturalism has led to rise in bigotryMigrant communities must be compelled to do more to integrate to help combat the rise of “far-right bigotry”, Tony Blair has warned.The former prime minister said that successive governments had “failed to find the right balance between diversity and integration”, while the concept of multiculturalism has been misused as a way to justify a “refusal to integrate”. Continue reading...
Tags: Society, UK News, Migration, Tony Blair


UK-born baby of parents with right to remain given six-month tourist stamp

Father Charles Kriel and mother Katharina Viken were returning to UK from holiday in FloridaA baby born in the UK to two parents who have indefinite leave to remain in Britain has been denied the right to live in the country in what a human rights lawyer has described as a potentially unlawful move.Dr Charles Kriel, a US national and special adviser to a parliamentary select committee, said he was returning to the UK from a holiday in Florida with his fiancee, Katharina Viken, and their baby dau...
Tags: Florida, UK, London, Law, US, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Britain, Floridaa, Windrush scandal, Charles Kriel, Katharina Viken


UK's porn age-verification rules can be circumvented in minutes

Using simple Google search the Guardian was able to register and age verify a made-up accountThe first test of the UK’s new porn age-verification system can be circumvented in less than two minutes using a simple Google search, the Guardian has found, amid concerns the system is being implemented for political reasons before it is ready.Providers of legal pornography will be required to implement an age-verification system by 15 July, one of the first of its kind in the world, raising concerns f...
Tags: Google, UK, Technology, Children, Internet, Society, UK News, Culture, Child protection, Pornography


Pubs, disco and fighting Nazis: how Leeds nurtured British post-punk

Against the backdrop of the Yorkshire Ripper and fascist thugs, bands in late-70s Leeds started creating the most dynamic DIY music in the UK – and all from a single pubIn the late 1970s, a small group of art students at Leeds University created a pivotal hotbed of radical post-punk. Gang of Four’s jerky-punky-funky music would influence bands as diverse as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Massive Attack. Together with the jaggedly romantic Mekons and the slightly lesser-known Delta 5 (and, initial...
Tags: Music, UK, Society, UK News, Culture, Pop and rock, Punk, Delta, Indie, Young People, British identity and society, Social history, Leeds, Gang Of Four, Yorkshire Ripper, Red Hot Chili Peppers


Online pornography age checks to be mandatory in UK from 15 July

Websites that fail to implement verification face being blocked under controversial lawsThe UK’s controversial age verification system for online pornography will become mandatory on 15 July, the government has confirmed.From that date, commercial providers of online pornography will be required to carry out “robust” age verification checks on users, in order to keep children from accessing adult content. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Technology, Children, Internet, Society, UK News, Culture, Pornography


Yorkshire tourism chief set to quit after criticism of expenses scandal response

Ron McMillan has come under fire over handling of former chief executive’s departureThe chair of Yorkshire’s tourism body is expected to resign after an expenses scandal surrounding its former chief executive Sir Gary Verity.Welcome to Yorkshire’s Ron McMillan will reportedly tender his resignation at a board meeting on Friday. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Society, UK News, Local Government, Yorkshire, Ron McMillan, Gary Verity Welcome


Chair of Yorkshire tourism body to quit over handling of expenses scandal

Ron McMillan reportedly under pressure to ‘step aside’ from Welcome to YorkshireThe chair of Yorkshire’s tourism body is to resign after an expenses scandal surrounding its former chief executive Sir Gary Verity.Welcome to Yorkshire’s Ron McMillan will reportedly tender his resignation at a board meeting on Friday. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Society, UK News, Local Government, Yorkshire, Ron McMillan, Gary Verity Welcome


Even moderate intake of red meat raises cancer risk, study finds

People more or less keeping to NHS guidelines at higher risk than those who eat littleEating even the moderate amounts of red and processed meat sanctioned by government guidelines increases the likelihood of developing bowel cancer, according to the largest UK study of the risks ever conducted.The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) suggests anyone who eats more than 90g of red or processed meat per day should try to cut down to 70g or less, because of the known link with bowel cancer. ...
Tags: Health, Meat, Food, UK, Science, Cancer, Society, UK News, Medical Research, NHS, Bowel Cancer, Department of Health and Social Care DHSC


Mastercard ruling: almost every UK adult could receive payout

Lawsuit could benefit 46 million people even if they have never owned the credit cardAlmost every adult in the UK could receive a payout of up to £300 from Mastercard after a court ruling paved the way for a £14bn class action lawsuit.The legal action taken by former financial ombudsman Walter Merricks claims that 46 million UK consumers paid higher prices in shops over a 16-year period because of allegedly excessive transaction fees charged by Mastercard. Continue reading...
Tags: Credit Cards, Business, UK, Money, Law, UK News, Banking, Banks and building societies, Borrowing & debt, Credit card fees, Mastercard, Mastercard Continue, Walter Merricks


Court castigates Home Office over misuse of immigration law

Damning verdict says use of terrorism-related rule to refuse applications is legally flawedHow Home Office used terror law on highly skilled migrantsThe appeal court has issued a damning judgment criticising the Home Office’s use of a terrorism-related paragraph of immigration law as “legally flawed” and ruling it must be changed.The Guardian has repeatedly highlighted the Home Office’s use of the rule to refuse applications from hundreds of people – in many cases for making legal amendments to ...
Tags: Politics, Human Rights, Law, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, The Guardian, Court of appeal, Sajid Javid, flawedHow Home Office


Letters support claim Assange would not face death penalty

UK foreign secretaries wrote to assure Ecuador president over WikiLeaks founder’s extraditionEcuador’s president, Lenín Moreno, was assured by two British foreign secretaries that Julian Assange would not be extradited to a country where he could face the death penalty, according to letters seen by the Guardian.Letters signed by the foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, and his predecessor Boris Johnson, dated 7 March 2018 and 10 August 2018 respectively, confirm a person cannot be extradited if they ...
Tags: Politics, UK, Media, Law, Americas, UK News, World news, US news, UK criminal justice, Jeremy Hunt, Boris Johnson, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Ecuador, Extradition, Assange


Letters support claim Julian Assange would not face death penalty

Foreign secretaries wrote to Ecuador’s president confirming UK would seek assurances for WikiLeaks founder’s extradition Ecuador’s president, Lenín Moreno, was assured by two British foreign secretaries that Julian Assange would not be extradited to a country where he could face the death penalty, according to letters seen by the Guardian.Letters signed by the foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, and his predecessor Boris Johnson, dated 7 March 2018 and 10 August 2018 respectively, confirm a person c...
Tags: Politics, UK, Media, Law, Americas, UK News, World news, US news, UK criminal justice, Jeremy Hunt, Boris Johnson, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Ecuador, Extradition, Lenín Moreno


Jeremy Corbyn defends Shamima Begum's right to legal aid

Lawyers and human rights groups say she can challenge removal of her citizenshipJeremy Corbyn has joined lawyers and human rights groups in defending the right of Shamima Begum to be granted legal aid so that the east London teenager can challenge the decision to remove her UK citizenship.The Labour leader said that, whatever crimes Begum was accused of after she left the UK to join Islam State in Syria, she was entitled to proper legal representation. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, London, Law, Islamic State, UK News, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Labour, Jeremy Hunt, Sajid Javid, Legal aid, Jeremy Corbyn, Corbyn, Shamima Begum, Begum


Facebook urged to disable 'like' feature for child users

Proposed rules for child safety on social media include limits on data collectionFacebook and other social media firms should alert children if their parent or carer is monitoring their online activity, under proposed guidelines to improve child internet safety in the UK.Turning off the “like” function, and limiting data collection and geolocation tools on popular platforms, such as Instagram and Facebook, are among a 16-point list of recommendations for age-appropriate design released by the In...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Children, Social Media, Society, UK News, Snapchat, Digital Media, Internet Safety, Information Commissioner 's Office Continue


Period poverty: Wales schoolgirls to be given free sanitary products

Some girls are forced to miss school due to being unable to afford menstrual productsFree sanitary products are to be handed out to tens of thousands of schoolgirls in Wales in a bid to tackle “period poverty”.As many as 141,000 girls attending both primary and secondary schools in the country will benefit from the free menstrual products as part of the £2.3m scheme, the Welsh government has announced. Continue reading...
Tags: Gender, Wales, Women, Society, UK News, Schools, Menstruation


Murder on the allotment: 'She was everything that he wanted to be'

She was the respected allotment committee secretary, he was an ambitious fellow plot holder: why did he kill her? In a corner of London, close to the busy Edgware Road, there is a secret garden. Tucked away on a residential street, the gate has the words “Colindale Gardens and Allotments Association” messily painted on a white plank tied to the chain-link fencing. Beyond the gate is a broad expanse of grass and earth, of greenhouses, sheds, canes and polytunnels. You can hear the occasional rumb...
Tags: Crime, Life and style, Society, UK News, Parents and parenting, Allotments


Court rules locking out Glasgow refugees from their homes was lawful

Scottish Refugee Council warns of ‘two-tier’ housing rights after ruling supports Serco’s policyThe Scottish Refugee Council has warned that a two-tier system of housing rights is emerging after a legal bid to prevent failed asylum seekers being evicted without a court order was dismissed by Scotland’s highest court.The case against the Home Office and Serco was launched last August, after the private housing provider started to implement controversial plans to change the locks on the accommodat...
Tags: UK, Housing, Scotland, Serco, Society, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Refugees, Glasgow, Refugee Council


The left-behind v the metropolitan elite? That's a lazy, harmful cliche

Such Brexit stereotypes – unsupported by facts on the ground – are hugely divisive, stoking bigotry and prejudice The left-behind residents of working-class, provincial towns kicking back at the out-of-touch metropolitan elite: it’s a familiar story, and a key component of the dominant explanation for the political tumult of the past few years. If you live in Scunthorpe, you’ve been forgotten; if you live within the M25, third way liberalism and, latterly, the more #FBPE-friendly elements of Cor...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, Society, UK News, Poverty, Social exclusion, Inequality, Brexit, Simon Jenkins, Class issues


The left-behind v the metropolitan elite? That's a lazy, harmful cliche | Luke Cartledge

Such Brexit stereotypes – unsupported by facts on the ground – are hugely divisive, stoking bigotry and prejudice The left-behind residents of working-class, provincial towns kicking back at the out-of-touch metropolitan elite: it’s a familiar story, and a key component of the dominant explanation for the political tumult of the past few years. If you live in Scunthorpe, you’ve been forgotten; if you live within the M25, third way liberalism and, latterly, the more #FBPE-friendly elements of Cor...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, Society, UK News, Poverty, Social exclusion, Inequality, Brexit, Simon Jenkins, Class issues, Luke Cartledge


Upskirting law comes into force in England and Wales as cases rise

Police say 94 incidents reported last year for offence now punishable with jail termUpskirting has become a specific criminal offence in England and Wales, punishable by up to two years’ imprisonment.The scale of the problem has been laid bare by an investigation that reveals allegations reported by police have increased over the last four years, with a 70-year-old woman and schoolchildren as young as seven among the victims in 2018. Continue reading...
Tags: England, Crime, Law, Wales, Women, Society, UK News, World news, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, Rape and sexual assault


Diane Abbott urges PM to block Julian Assange extradition

Shadow home secretary says May should intervene as in the case of hacker Gary McKinnonThe shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott, has urged Theresa May to block the extradition of Julian Assange to the US in the same way she intervened in the case of the computer hacker Gary McKinnon.In 2012, as home secretary, May halted McKinnon’s extradition on human rights grounds after doctors warned he was at risk of suicide if sent to face trial in the US. Abbott said similar grounds should be used to block ...
Tags: Politics, Law, Americas, US, UK News, World news, US news, UK criminal justice, Theresa May, Labour, Diane Abbott, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Ecuador, Extradition, Gary Mckinnon


Councils halt funds for Yorkshire tourism body in expenses row

Two authorities suspend payments to await inquiry into Welcome to Yorkshire scandalThe tourism body whose chief executive resigned last month in an expenses scandal could lose tens of thousands of pounds in public funds after councils announced plans to pause their subscriptions.Sir Gary Verity, who ran Welcome to Yorkshire (WTY) since 2008, quit suddenly in March amid reports he had misclaimed at least £40,000 in expenses and been accused of bullying. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Society, UK News, Local Government, Yorkshire, Gary Verity, Yorkshire WTY


Horror over Alesha MacPhail murder 'must not obscure lessons'

Experts say Alesha’s killer, Aaron Campbell, is ‘not a one-off’ – and more can be done to prevent similar crimesSince Aaron Campbell received a life sentence last month for the brutal rape and murder of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail, the reverberations from his crimes have continued as the public and professionals struggle to come to terms with what the trial judge, Lord Matthews, described as “some of the wickedest, most evil crimes this court has ever heard”. Related: Why was Alesha MacPhail ...
Tags: Crime, Law, Scotland, Society, UK News, Mental Health, UK criminal justice, Young People, Youth justice, Matthews, Alesha, Aaron Campbell, Alesha MacPhail, Libby Brooks Continue


Government immigration database 'deeply sinister', say campaigners

Home Office project will share people’s status ‘in real time with authorised users’The Home Office is developing a major database that could provide quick immigration checks to outside organisations amid criticism from campaigners, who call it “deeply sinister” and say it could amount to a “secret digital IT system”.The human rights organisation Liberty expressed concern about theproject, called the Status Checking Project, which was detailed in an independent published by the Home Office. Co...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Home Office Continue


Militias, chaos and starvation: Britain 10 years after Brexit

The Queen has fled, the Poles have been forced out, and violent factions roam a broken land. Writer Jonathan Meades imagines the country The Great Chaos will create In 2019, older bigots and veteran xenophobes still recalled with pride the successful campaign Boston and the area of Lincolnshire around it waged in the 1960s against the rodent coypus, foreigners from somewhere foreign with tomato-red teeth, who had been introduced to Britain in the 1920s as a fur crop called nutria. Once these shy...
Tags: Europe, Books, Politics, Boston, Fiction, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Britain, Foreign Policy, Short Stories, Essays, British identity and society, Article 50


Dozens of Saudi military cadets trained in UK since Yemen intervention

FOI findings show majority of cadets have been training at Britannia Royal Naval CollegeDozens of Saudi officers have been trained at prestigious British military colleges since the Saudi intervention in Yemen that has seen the Gulf state’s forces accused of widespread human rights abuses.More than 40 Saudi cadets – including a dozen who came last year – have been training at Sandhurst, the RAF’s school at Cranwell and the Royal Naval College since 2015. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Saudi Arabia, UK News, World news, Military, Middle East and North Africa, Royal Air Force, Ministry Of Defence, Royal Navy, Jeremy Hunt, Raf, Yemen, Gulf, Sandhurst, Royal Naval College, Cranwell


Pesticides and antibiotics polluting streams across Europe

Wildlife and human health are threatened say scientists as Syngenta accepts ‘undeniable demand’ for changePesticides and antibiotics are polluting streams across Europe, a study has found. Scientists say the contamination is dangerous for wildlife and may increase the development of drug-resistant microbes.More than 100 pesticides and 21 drugs were detected in the 29 waterways analysed in 10 European nations, including the UK. A quarter of the chemicals identified are banned, while half of the s...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Environment, Society, UK News, World news, Wildlife, Pesticides, Farming, Antibiotics, Syngenta



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