Top news today: e-petitions, Barker, terror powers
Author: Zoe Stavri
Published on Sep 14, 2012
More e-petitions will receive replies from the government, more revelations about Greg Barker, the Home Office considering scaling back terror powers, a poll reveals the electorate don’t think the Lib Dems are making a difference and Maria Miller alludes to how press reform will work.
MORE E-PETITIONS TO RECEIVE GOVERNMENT RESPONSES- Any petition from the government’s e-petitions service with more than 10 000 signatures will have the government’s response published alongside it. Will this move give citizens more power?
ENERGY MINISTER ASKED ABOUT PERMIT APPLICATION FOR ADVISER’S CLIENT- Climate change minister Greg Barker asked after an application for a client of his adviser, energy lobbyist Miriam Maes. Could this scandal have been prevented by greater transparency?
THERESA MAY TO CONSULT ON SCALING BACK OF TERROR POWERS- Anti-terrorism laws which grant police powers to stop anyone entering the UK and detain them without reasonable suspicion could be scaled back. Is this move sufficient?
LIB DEMS HAVE MADE NO DIFFERENCE ON POLITICAL REFORM, SAY HALF OF VOTERS- Political reform is a central issue to the Liberal Democrats, but half of the electorate say they have made no difference in this area since they entered the coalition. How much of a difference do you think the Lib Dems are making?
CULTURE SECRETARY MARIA MILLER “OPEN-MINDED” ON FUTURE OF PRESS REGULATION- Maria Miller has said she wants a “suitably independent press” with a regulator with “sufficient teeth”. How do you think press regulation should look?