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  • 18 Jul 2014

    Welfare, education and the NHS are all being hit by the same cuts, driven, not by a desire to improve the national debt (which is now significantly worse than 2010), says Virginia Moffatt, but by a poisonous ideology that private profit must come before common good. "So I decided that the time had come to move somewhere, where I can be in a position to challenge that ideology. I have joined Ekklesia as the new Chief Operating Officer, because I can see what an important role a think-tank linking good quality research and ideas to civic action, political change and a positive role for churches and other NGOs can play in influencing mainstream politics. That is what I want to be part of."

  • 18 Jul 2014

    A friend of mine who uses a wheelchair was recently approached by a stranger who crossed over the road to talk to her. Without knowing anything about her, he told her that he supported her right to die with dignity through assisted suicide. She told him that she was more concerned with her right to live than her right to die.

  • 18 Jul 2014

    The World Council of Churches has expressed deep sorrow to all mourning the deaths of nearly 300 passengers and crew on board Malaysia Airlines flight 17.

  • 18 Jul 2014

    Holding prisoners in prolonged solitary confinement in the only federal super-maximum security prison in the US amounts to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, says Amnesty.

  • 18 Jul 2014

    The TUC has written to Business Secretary Vince Cable urging him to modernise the rules governing strike ballots and bring union voting methods into the 21st century.

  • 17 Jul 2014

    Quakers in the Hampshire area are planning a Meeting for Worship at Farnborough International, which hosts an arms fair alongside “family-friendly” air displays.

  • 17 Jul 2014

    A military medical professional at Guantanamo Bay recently refused to force-feed detainees after witnessing the suffering it caused detainees, it has been revealed.

  • 16 Jul 2014

    The President of the Methodist Conference has welcomed the Church of England's General Synod vote in favour of allowing women to become bishops.

  • 16 Jul 2014

    Most people who lose their jobs will soon have to wait five weeks before they get any cash help, according to small print in the Universal Credit rules, say the TUC.

  • 16 Jul 2014

    British judges have ruled that a proposed cut to legal aid known as the ‘residence test’ is “unlawful” and “discriminatory.”

  • 15 Jul 2014

    Giles Fraser recently wrote that "assisted dying is the final triumph of market capitalism" and concluded, "When the moral history of the 21st century comes to be written, I predict we will look back with horror at how the word choice became a sort of cuckoo in the nest, driving out all other values…The moral language of the supermarket has become the only moral currency that is accepted."

  • 15 Jul 2014

    The government’s support for a flawed Kenyan prosecution was based on an incorrect analysis that may put it in breach of its own death penalty policy, says the legal charity Reprieve

  • 15 Jul 2014

    Plans for a major building project on an illegal road notorious for its 'human safaris' have been condemned over fears of its effect on the Jarawa tribe's protected reserve on India’s Andaman Islands.

  • 15 Jul 2014

    The Church of England’s general synod has given the go-ahead for women to be bishops. The move won the required minimum of two-thirds of votes among bishops and both lay and clergy representatives at the gathering in York. (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/20648) For some synod votes, the three ‘houses’ vote separately and a simple majority is not enough.

  • 14 Jul 2014

    The General Synod of the Church of England has given its final approval for women to become bishops in the Church of England.