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.
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.
Should police officers have the right to strike? That is a question now on the lips of most police officers and members of the public as cuts to the police budget filter through to the frontline.
The Police Federation which represents police officers in England and Wales was set up in 1919 as part of the Police Act which ruled that police officers couldn’t strike but instead they would be represented by the Federation. The Federation balloted members in March 2013 on whether they as police officers should be allowed to strike, and the results showed that the majority (81%) did want the right to strike, however due to the low turnout the motion was not passed as only 34% of members actually voted.
She was Britain’s first and only Youth and Crime Commissioner who was forced to resign after comments she made on the social networking site Twitter came to light. Just 6 days after being appointed to the role which paid a £15,000 salary and included benefits such as a chauffeur driven car, Paris Brown was forced from her position despite her boss, the Kent PCC, Ann Barnes stating publicly that she fully supported her Youth PCC.