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February 2018
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Politics – Abortion clinics rated

Abortion clinics are to be forced to display official ratings from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), after the Department for Health (DoH) toughened up its inspection scheme. According to the BBC, under plans revealed by health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt, the DoH is ‘modernising our tough, Ofsted-style inspection scheme’ to make sure patient safety is put first. As part of these proposals, all healthcare organisations in England offering regulated care are now going to be rated by the commission, and marks will have to be available. The CQC already inspects NHS and independent hospitals, general practices and adult social care services, and then...

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February 2018
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Politics – Seven vital freedoms

Charity and advocacy organisation Barnabas Fund has launched a campaign to reclaim the ‘heritage of freedom of religion in the UK’ and seek a new Act of Parliament. The campaign aims to guarantee seven ‘fundamental’ aspects of freedom of religion. In a statement, Barnabas said these had developed in the UK over the last five centuries but are now under threat. Building on the fundamental freedoms laid out in Magna Carta, the organisation claims the original affirmation that ‘the English Church shall be free’ needs to be reinstated. The freedoms springing from this are freedom: to read the Bible in public (achieved 1537); to interpret...

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January 2018
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Politics – The Christian roots of British civilisation

Shirin Aguiar continues visiting the world of politics for Evangelical Times. This time she covered UKIP’s conference at which Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali spoke, and later interviewed him. The speech given by Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali at the September 2017 UKIP conference, in Torquay, addressed fundamental issues to do with our national and religious identity. The bishop spoke on the Christian roots of British civilisation. He told ET that he had spoken at Conservative and Labour party conferences in the past, but particularly welcomed the theme he was given for his UKIP speech: ‘The key question facing us is how we build on the Christian tradition this...

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January 2018
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Politics – Named Persons threat

The Scottish Government is going to redraft its Named Person proposals to get them through the legislature. In 2016, the UK Supreme Court ruled in a case, in which CARE was a co-petitioner, that the information-sharing sections of the Named Person legislation were unlawful. The Scottish Government responded by introducing a new bill to the Scottish Parliament addressing the concerns of the court: The Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill. John Swinney MSP, deputy first minister and cabinet secretary for education, has announced that the Scottish government is reconvening a group of experts to redraft the controversial code of practice. Dr Gordon Macdonald,...

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October 2017
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Politics – NI same-sex union cases dismissed

Belfast’s High Court has dismissed two cases seeking to have same-sex marriage introduced to Northern Ireland (NI). In one case, an anonymous man known as applicant X, who entered into a homosexual marriage three years ago, sought a declaration that this union is valid under NI law. In the other, two couples who are in civil partnerships also challenged the law, claiming that they are entitled to get married in NI. Handing down his ruling on the first case, Judge O’Hara stressed that the law on marriage fell under the remit of the Northern Ireland Assembly, adding that as a member of the judiciary, he...

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October 2017
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Politics – Scotland must drop Named Person law

Clan Childlaw, a children’s charity has called for the Scottish Government to drop its watered-down Named Person law. It claims the law, which has had to be reworked due to intense lobbying, still fails to address criticisms from the UK Supreme Court. Clan Childlaw, which intervened in the successful court case spearheaded by the Christian Institute, said the new proposal was unnecessary and costly. In August, the Faculty of Advocates also expressed serious concerns, warning that the updated plans lacked clarity and safeguards. Under the original plans, every child in Scotland was set to have a state official tasked with looking after their ‘wellbeing’, defined...

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October 2017
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Politics – DUP ‘resolute’ on ethical matters

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster has told a conference that she will reject pressure to introduce same-sex marriage and abortion in Northern Ireland. Currently marriage is between one man and one woman in Northern Ireland and abortion remains illegal, except to preserve the life of the mother. As reported by the Christian Institute, Ms Foster said her support for traditional marriage and the unborn is resolute, adding she was sad that opponents of redefining marriage were automatically branded as ‘homophobic’ and ‘haters’. In June, shortly after the Conservatives brokered a deal with the DUP following the surprise general election, Westminster said it would...

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September 2017
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Politics – Churches told, ‘Keep up!’

Equalities Minister Justine Greening has told churches in the UK that they need to keep up with modern attitudes and carry out same-sex weddings. In an interview with Sky News, the Conservative MP said she did not want to ‘prescribe’ how faith groups deal with the issue, but it was ‘important the church keeps up and is part of a modern country’. According to the Christian Institute (CI), there has been much criticism of Ms Greening’s comments. For example, in an editorial in The Spectator, writer Melanie McDonagh challenged what Ms Greening said, claiming these comments were ‘evidence of the authoritarian aspect of modern liberalism’....

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