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Modern Slavery Bill Introduced to Parliament


Last week, the Home Secretary introduced a Modern Slavery Bill into Parliament.  The Bill sets out to ensure that the law enforcement agencies have the tools they need to stamp out this abhorrent practice. The Modern Slavery Bill contains significant new measures to ensure that victims are better supported and protected, not only to recovery from their terrible ordeal, but also to support effective investigations and prosecutions.  Specifically, the Bill will do this by: ensuring that victims are not prosecuted […]

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Increasing fine levels


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Following reporting of the changes to increase the maximum fines that can be imposed in the magistrates’ courts, an extract from a “Dear colleague” letter from the Ministry of Justice: The current fine levels were set over 20 years ago in 1991 and so were clearly in need of review. Parliament welcomed the move to increase these levels during the passage of the 2012 Act; so too did Magistrates. Once approved by Parliament, the Statutory Instruments will mean a fourfold […]

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Changes to Stop and Search


One of my guiding principles is equality under the law.  For us all to live peaceably with each other we must feel that everyone is treated fairly by the police and judicial system.  This is why it was good to see the Home Secretary has announced reforms to stop and search. In Wycombe, there are a large number of people from minority backgrounds. Official figures show that if you are from a non-white background you are up to six times […]

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Government changes policy over causing death or serious injury while disqualified.


Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has announced that the Government has changed its policy on causing death or serious injury on the roads through driving while disqualified. Now, if the person who caused an accident leading to someone’s death is found to be already disqualified from driving, the driver will face up to 10 years imprisonment. National Chairman of MAG – the Motorcycle Action Group -, John Mitchell says, “MAG has been campaigning for a change to the sentencing guidelines for a […]

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Constituency surgeries and the need for general rules


When I hold a constituency surgery, someone will usually ask me to set aside rules which are producing outcomes that cause them real problems. Thankfully, I can’t do it and I would not want to despite my desire to help. In travelling as a politician, particularly to Pakistan and Equatorial Guinea, I have observed that those places with the worst levels of poverty and injustice lack two strong, functioning institutions of which the UK is rightly proud: Parliamentary democracy and […]

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