• October 18, 2017

    The Electoral Reform Society says leaked proposals for reform of the House of Lords are 'hyper-cautious'and would not bring democratic accountability.

  • February 21, 2017

    Amnesty International has reminded all political parties in Northern Ireland  that abortion reform is unfinished business and must be an urgent priority after the Assembly election, and in any political talks that follow.

  • February 17, 2017

    The Equality Trust has today responded to the Government’s Corporate Governance reform Green Paper

  • May 31, 2016

    In a shocking attack on the right to freedom of expression Bahrain’s authorities yesterday upheld the conviction of opposition leader Sheikh  Ali Salman and increased his prison sentence from four to nine years for giving speeches in which he criticised the government, says Amnesty International.

  • April 22, 2016

    The life-blood of Parliamentary democracy is difference. Where a single view of society goes uncontested, tyranny can be the only outcome.

  • February 5, 2016

    A young man I know, David, (not his real name) is heartbreakingly eager to work and has a mild learning disability.

  • March 13, 2013

    Others will also recall it now, but I am grateful to Mark Chater, director of Culham St Gabriel's Trust in Oxford, for reminding me of one of the most significant sayings said to have been received from Christ by St Francis of Assisi: "Francis, go repair my house which, as you see, is falling completely to ruin."

  • January 16, 2012

    In preparation for the House of Lords debate on the Welfare Reform Bill (WRB) tomorrow, where Disability Living Allowance (DLA) will be in the spotlight, the #spartacusreport campaign ( has launched a fresh initiative - #spartacusstories, which gives people the opportunity through Twitter, blogs and other social media to tell their own stories of why DLA is important to them and the realities of living and surviving as a sick or disabled person.

  • December 9, 2009

    As the government prepares for its Pre-Budget Report today, three of the UK’s largest Churches have called for priority to be given to job security and protection for the poor. They have criticised suggestions of public sector job cuts.

  • January 19, 2008

    Britain's public services are continually under pressure. How do we begin to shift the agenda in a more positive direction?