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Email links Lockerbie bomber’s prison transfer to £400m Libyan arms deal

Email links Lockerbie bomber’s prison transfer to £400m Libyan arms deal

An email has emerged suggesting a connection between the prisoner transfer deal negotiated between Libya and the last Labour government, that could have allowed the release of the Lockerbie …

MPs use children to claim more expenses

MPs use children to claim more expenses

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) has given the MPs special dispensation to claim higher expenses to rent bigger properties and to pay for their children’s travel.

The rules were relaxed in 2011

Taxpayers billed £73,000 to ‘coach’ the man with no shame and two colleagues ahead of grilling by MPs over NHS IT system disaster

Taxpayers billed £73,000 to ‘coach’ the man with no shame and two colleagues ahead of grilling by MPs over NHS IT system disaster

TAXPAYERS were billed more than £73,000 for consultants to help prepare beleaguered NHS chief Sir David Nicholson …

National police unit monitors 9,000 ‘domestic extremists’

National police unit monitors 9,000 ‘domestic extremists’

A national police unit that uses undercover officers to spy on political groups is currently monitoring almost 9,000 people it has deemed “domestic extremists”.

The National Domestic Extremism Unit is using surveillance techniques

Carer crisis: Councils cutting vital grants for those looking after sick and disabled relatives

Carer crisis: Councils cutting vital grants for those looking after sick and disabled relatives

A cruel new wave of council cuts is axing vital grants to people who care for their disabled relatives. Respite payments, which let full-time carers take …

Justice ministry under pressure to curb attacks on family court judges

Justice ministry under pressure to curb attacks on family court judges

Judges dealing with sensitive issues – including child custody – in the family courts have had hate mail sent to their homes, been physically attacked and been victims of …

Obama DOJ again refuses to tell a court whether CIA drone program even exists

Obama DOJ again refuses to tell a court whether CIA drone program even exists

It is not news that the US government systematically abuses its secrecy powers to shield its actions from public scrutiny, democratic accountability, and judicial review. But …

MPs block details of new expenses for “security” reasons

Expenses scandal: MPs block details of new expenses

John Bercow has written to the expenses regulator warning him not to disclose official documents that show the identities of MPs’ landlords for “security” reasons.

Publication of the names, which was supposed …

The day in FoIA: Royal veto powers, Blair’s bust, HS2 train’s countryside discount and Oxbridge behaving badly

Royal powers of veto over laws to be made public

Details of secret powers held by senior members of the Royal Family granting veto over Government legislation could me made public after a decision by the Information Commissioner.

The Cabinet …

MPs criticise Tony Blair for failing to co-operate with inquiry

MPs criticise Tony Blair for failing to co-operate with inquiry

Tony Blair has been sharply criticised by MPs for his failure to co-operate with their parliamentary inquiry into the effectiveness of the Freedom of Information Act.

The former Labour prime …

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