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Electoral Commission briefing on Lobbying Bill

Electoral Commission briefing on Lobbying Bill

The Electoral Commission which was not consulted by the government before it developed its controversial Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill, which is in Committee stage in the House of Lords. The EC sent a briefing to peers yesterday (4 November 2013), backing a pause. It reads as follows:

Oriental Orthodox concern for situation in Syria

Oriental Orthodox concern for situation in Syria

Bishop Vahan Hovhanessian from the Oriental Orthodox community in the UK has made a powerful statement on the troubling situation in Syria – and particularly the widespread mistreatment of Christians and others.

Peers need to be urged to back a pause in the Lobbying Bill

Peers need to be urged to back a pause in the Lobbying Bill

Peers will discuss the UK government's controversial Lobbying Bill tomorrow (5 November 2013).

Welfare assessment petition needs a final push

The e-government petition promoted by WOW (War on Welfare), and backed by Ekklesia and a whole range of advocacy groups and individuals online, is about to reach 75,000 signatories - but needs another push by 12 December 2013 to cross the vital 100,000 threshold.

Peace train arrives in Korea

“They’re coming, they’re coming,” shouts a young women, looking toward the train pulling into platform 6 at Busan Station. When the doors open, people get off with large suitcases.

Equality Network discusses Scotland's future

Equality Network discusses Scotland's future

What are the prospects for equality in a Scotland that either strikes out towards independence or remains within the United Kingdom?

UK blocking woman's Syrian husband from joining her

UK blocking woman's Syrian husband from joining her

The now highly politicised immigration system in the UK and remorseless attempts by the UKBA to deny people entry or to deport them on any possible grounds produce daily injustices.

Why does the pope have an astronomer?

Why does the pope have an astronomer?

Scientist Guy Consolmagno SJ from the Vatican Observatory will give the first in an autumn series of talks at the Lauriston Jesuit Centre in Edinburgh On Saturday 14 September 2013.

Christians in Syria concerned about military action, says agency

Christians in Syria concerned about military action, says agency

Open Doors, a charity set up to support Christians facing persecution throughout the world, recently presented a report to Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt at a Parliamentary meeting highlighting the particular vulnerability and targeting of the Christian minority communities within the wider Syria crisis.

Animal scientists oppose badger cull

Animal scientists oppose badger cull

Back on Sunday 14 October 2012, The Observer newspaper published a letter from some of the world's leading animal scientists, explaining why they believe that the badger cull started by the UK government this week risks becoming a costly distraction from nationwide TB control.