Six months after being asked the Government finally admits that COVID-19 testing swabs were not delivered to a care home and that symptomatic carers who were self-isolating had to make a 120 mile journey in order to be tested.

Six months after being asked the Government finally admits that COVID-19 testing swabs were not delivered to a care home and that symptomatic carers who were self-isolating had to make a 120 mile journey in order to be tested. Lord Bethell, the Department of Health...

Care homes ‘thrown to the wolves’, MPs say.  Some of the Questions put to the Government as this tragedy unfolded. And in a further indication of diminished accountability to Parliament, Ministers have produced an unprecedented standard reply to avoid having to give detailed responses to parliamentary questions – including questions which have remained unanswered for weeks on end.

Care homes ‘thrown to the wolves’, MPs say. Some of the Questions put to the Government as this tragedy unfolded. And in a further indication of diminished accountability to Parliament, Ministers have produced an unprecedented standard reply to avoid having to give detailed responses to parliamentary questions – including questions which have remained unanswered for weeks on end.

Care homes ‘thrown to the wolves’, MPs say The Local Government Association LGA) has reported that Ministers have been accused of a “slow, inconsistent, and at times negligent” approach to social care during the coronavirus pandemic, which has exposed years of delayed...

Immigration Bill Given a Second Reading In The House of Lords – July 22nd – Government challenged on trafficking, exploitation, family visas, child refugees, data collection,  the adequate staffing of care homes and indefinite detention.

Immigration Bill Given a Second Reading In The House of Lords – July 22nd – Government challenged on trafficking, exploitation, family visas, child refugees, data collection, the adequate staffing of care homes and indefinite detention.

  Immigration Bill Given a Second Reading In The House of Lords - July 22nd - Government challenged on trafficking, exploitation, family visas, child refugees, data collection, the adequate staffing of care homes and indefinite detention. 5.32 pm Lord Alton of...

Government replies on the disproportionate effects of Covid on people with disabilities; of negligence affecting people on care homes; the recall of faulty face masks; and what plans are in place (1) to acquire, (2) to stock, and (3) to distribute, gowns, masks, eye protection, gloves and other personal protective equipment, which is sufficiently adequate to protect clinical and care workers in the NHS and care sector in preparation for a potential second wave of COVID-19.

Government replies on the disproportionate effects of Covid on people with disabilities; of negligence affecting people on care homes; the recall of faulty face masks; and what plans are in place (1) to acquire, (2) to stock, and (3) to distribute, gowns, masks, eye protection, gloves and other personal protective equipment, which is sufficiently adequate to protect clinical and care workers in the NHS and care sector in preparation for a potential second wave of COVID-19.

Government replies on the disproportionate effects of Covid on people with disabilities; of negligence affecting people on care homes; the recall of faulty face masks; and what plans are in place (1) to acquire, (2) to stock, and (3) to distribute, gowns, masks, eye...

Government responds to the statistics published by the Data Analysis Bureau that 15 per cent of 12,407 care home workers from 650 care homes across England, Wales and Scotland have been tested for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, and that 6 per cent of those tested were tested between 20 and 27 May; and a reply on the effects of Covid19 on people with disabilities following the report by Oxford University on “An Affront to Dignity, Inclusion and Equality”.

Government responds to the statistics published by the Data Analysis Bureau that 15 per cent of 12,407 care home workers from 650 care homes across England, Wales and Scotland have been tested for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, and that 6 per cent of those tested were tested between 20 and 27 May; and a reply on the effects of Covid19 on people with disabilities following the report by Oxford University on “An Affront to Dignity, Inclusion and Equality”.

Government responds to the statistics published by the Data Analysis Bureau that 15 per cent of 12,407 care home workers from 650 care homes across England, Wales and Scotland have been tested for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, and that 6 per cent of...

Government sticks to its line on care homes and fails to address the remarks of Professor Neil Ferguson of Imperial College that he is “shocked about how badly European – or countries around the world – have protected care home populations” but discloses no plans to modify the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards to enable relatives of residents in care homes to be able to move relatives to their family homes

Government sticks to its line on care homes and fails to address the remarks of Professor Neil Ferguson of Imperial College that he is “shocked about how badly European – or countries around the world – have protected care home populations” but discloses no plans to modify the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards to enable relatives of residents in care homes to be able to move relatives to their family homes

. Government sticks to its line on care homes and fails to address the remarks of Professor Neil Ferguson of Imperial College that he is "shocked about how badly European – or countries around the world – have protected care home populations”   Lord Bethell, the...

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For 18 years David Alton was a Member of the House of Commons and today he is an Independent Crossbench Life Peer in the UK House of Lords.

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As the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill Bill comes to be discussed in Parliament, at its Report Stage in the House of Lords these speeches on forced organ harvesting were made by members from all sides of the House. Second Reading: ...

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Christmas 2020 – Listen to T.S.Eliot and Hugh Laurie reading “Journey of the Magi”, Read J.R.R.Tolkien’s, Noel, and G.K.Chesterton’s “The House of Christmas” and Liverpool poet, Stewart Henderson’s ,new 2020 Christmas poem, What did you get for Christmas?

Christmas 2020 - Listen to T.S.Eliot and Hugh Laurie reading "Journey of the Magi", Read J.R.R.Tolkien's, Noel, and G.K.Chesterton's "The House of Christmas" and Liverpool poet, Stewart Henderson's ,new 2020 Christmas poem, What did you get for Christmas? The...

The Place In Which We Work

The Place In Which We Work

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The World Must Not Forget Andy Li And The Hong Kong 12

The World Must Not Forget Andy Li And The Hong Kong 12

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January 18th: Africa Minister say UK Government  is” gravely concerned over allegations of atrocities and violations” in Tigray   but it’s “the UK’s longstanding position that determining whether a situation amounts to genocide is an issue for competent national and international courts, not governments”. So why doesn’t the Government support the Genocide amendment and give the High Court the duty to assess the evidence?

January 18th: Africa Minister say UK Government is” gravely concerned over allegations of atrocities and violations” in Tigray but it’s “the UK’s longstanding position that determining whether a situation amounts to genocide is an issue for competent national and international courts, not governments”. So why doesn’t the Government support the Genocide amendment and give the High Court the duty to assess the evidence?

January 18th: Africa Minister say UK Government is" gravely concerned over allegations of atrocities and violations" in Tigray but it's "the UK’s longstanding position that determining whether a situation amounts to genocide is an issue for competent national and...

Two young  sisters have been savagely murdered in Pakistan for refusing to renounce their religious faith. This report from Pakistan’s Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement makes for disturbing reading and challenges Pakistan to reassert Muhmad Ali Jinnah’s commitment to freedom of religion or belief. The murderers of these women must be brought to justice.

Two young sisters have been savagely murdered in Pakistan for refusing to renounce their religious faith. This report from Pakistan’s Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement makes for disturbing reading and challenges Pakistan to reassert Muhmad Ali Jinnah’s commitment to freedom of religion or belief. The murderers of these women must be brought to justice.

Two young women, sisters, have been savagely murdered in Pakistan for refusing to renounce their religious faith. This report from Pakistan's Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement makes for disturbing reading and challenges Pakistan to reassert Muhmad Ali...