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May 2018
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Politics – Trafficking shows sharp rise

Human trafficking in the UK has seen a shocking rise in 2017, figures from the National Crime Agency (NCA) has revealed. According to the NCA, 5,145 potential victims of human trafficking were submitted to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) in 2017. This marked a 35 per cent increase on 2016’s figures, making it a record number in the UK. According to the reports, potential victims of trafficking were from 116 different nationalities during 2017. However, British, Albanian and Vietnamese nationals remain the most commonly reported victims. The most common type of exploitation recorded was labour exploitation. In one-third of cases (1,744), it was suspected the...

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May 2018
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Politics – Scottish smacking ban

Parents will have their rights to bring up their children handed over to the state if the Scottish parliament criminalises smacking. This was the warning from lawyer Gordon Lindhurst, a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP), who claimed the Scottish government’s arguments in favour of a ban on smacking were underhand. Writing for Scottish Legal News, he said that, rather than banning assault on children (which is already illegal), the proposal aims to rebrand loving parental discipline as ‘assault’. As quoted on the Christian Institute website, he pointed out that, despite John Finnie MSP’s claims that a ban would not criminalise parents, removing the current...

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May 2018
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Politics – Free speech under threat

Freedom of speech is being curtailed at universities and colleges across the UK, a report from Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) has found. In March, the JCHR published a report in which it warned excessive measures have been implemented at some universities. These measures, such as the banning of speakers or the carrying out of fierce protests during talks and outside meetings, have effectively prevented freedom of thought, debate and speech. There was evidence that some groups at universities have abused the need for ‘safe spaces’ and carried out ‘no platforming’ contrary to freedoms enshrined in UK law. The report states: ‘Where speech...

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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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