Law and Justice

Veterans minister Johnny Mercer has been sacked after accusing Boris Johnson of lacking the “moral strength and courage” to keep a commitment to prevent ex-soldiers who served in Northern Ireland from prosecution. Mercer informed Downing Street on Monday of his intention to resign on Wednesday but received a text message on Tuesday from the chief whip, Mark Spencer, informing him...

House of Lords rejects govt’s bid to limit war crimes prosecutions;...

The House of Lords has handed the government a major defeat over their bid to limit the prosecution of war crimes and torture by British soldiers serving overseas. Peers, supported by former military chiefs and led by former Nato secretary...

Vaccine passports risk ‘two tier nation of division’, while PM issues Easter warning

Boris Johnson has warned vaccinated people not to meet up indoors this Easter because the jabs “are not 100% effective”. The prime minister’s video message comes as politicians across party...

Former chief constable warns Britain is moving towards ‘paramilitary policing’

A former chief constable has warned Britain is “dangerously” edging towards the type of  “paramilitary policing” linked to “repressive regimes”. Michael Barton, who was chief of Durham police and the...

Government wants ‘total social control’ say rebel MPs as Commons extends emergency legislation

A group of Conservative MPs has accused the government of wanting “total social control” as the Commons overwhelmingly backed extending emergency coronavirus powers. A total of 76 MPs – including...

Arrests at anti-lockdown protests; summer blow for ‘average holidaymakers’

Thousands of anti-lockdown protestors defied the government and Covid restrictions to take to London’s streets today, with at least 33 arrested by the Metropolitan Police after “ugly clashes”. Huge protests in Manchester passed without any...

Johnson’s Brexit Britain goes nuclear with measures ‘that’d make a dictator blush’

Boris Johnson has unveiled his blueprint to get Brexit-Britain “match-fit” for its future, laying out his government’s foreign policy to the very same chamber debating his alarming plans to curb democratic rights with a...

‘Deeply disturbing’ – Met police criticised for clashes at Sarah Everard vigil

The Metropolitan Police has been criticised for “grabbing and manhandling” women at a vigil in memory of Sarah Everard following clashes with mourners and protestors at London’s Clapham Common. Scuffles broke out when officers tried...

DUP launch legal challenge against Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal

The DUP has launched a legal challenge to the Northern Ireland protocol, part of Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal with the EU. Arlene Foster said the protocol has driven “a coach and horses” through the Act...

High Court rules Hancock acted unlawfully over multibillion-pound Covid contracts

Health secretary Matt Hancock acted unlawfully by failing to publish details of multibillion-pound coronavirus contracts awarded by the government, a High Court judge has ruled. Mr Justice Chamberlain said Hancock had “breached his legal obligation”...