In the News Thursday 1st March
Author: Emily Randall
Published on Mar 01, 2012
MPs have not been favourable to the proposed plans to reform and reduce the powers of the European Court of Human Rights (The Express).
The Guardian is running a series of letters on the issue of elected mayors and the question of real localism. Highlights include a letter from the Minister for Cities Greg Clark and Citizens UK’s Neil Jameson.
MPs remain defiant following the open letter tot the Joint Committee on Privacy and Injunctions leaked to the Telegraph by lawyers to keep one of the last super injunction in place. In a private meeting the committee ruled to continue to publish Mark Burby’s submission on Parliament’s website (The Telegraph).
MPs from across all the parties including senior figures are planning to revolt against the proposals for extending ‘secret justice’ measures. The proposals led by Ken Clarke would give the government power to decide that controversial court cases that could ‘damage the public’ interest to be held behind closed doors (Daily Mail, The Telegraph).
The results of BBC Wales poll show that nearly two-thirds of voters support the idea that the Welsh Assembly should have influence on decisions regarding tax (BBC). Former Scottish National Party leader Jim Sillars has come out against the idea to ‘devo-plus’ on the referendum ballot paper and denounce current leader Alex Salmond for supporting it (The Scotsman).
News International have announced following the controversy of the phone hacking scandal that James Murdoch is stepping down from being the NI Executive Chairman (Financial Times)