The Attorney General, Dominic Grieve has launched his bid to prevent prisoners from being able to vote in UK elections. The move comes after two murderers, Peter Chester and George McGeoch launched an appeal at the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom stating that it was an abuse of their human rights that they were not able to vote in elections.
The Ministry of Justice budget which stands at over £2 billion is to be slashed by £350 million and possibly an extra £200 million per year. The government are cutting the justice budget in order to make savings following the debt that was built up as a result of the global economic crisis between 2007/8 and 2010.
60 years ago this very day, a young Queen Elizabeth II was crowned at Westminster Abbey, and for once Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was not by her side. The BBC Parliament channel are broadcasting the entire coronation in full throughout the day and evening and I suspect it will be available on the iPlayer too.
Following the murder of a British solider in broad daylight in a London street the Home Secretary has stated that she wants the Communications Data Bill to be revived in order to allow the police and security services, MI5 to be able to track internet usage and data which could prove essential in tackling planned terrorism attacks which have been discussed online. The Bill would enable officers to access the data without a warrant, whereas currently any request for such information has to be authorised and signed off. It has been called the “snooper’s charter” by those who criticise the Bill and say it is a breach of civil liberty.