Reform our Extradition laws

I have written an article for The Times tomorrow, making the case for extradition reform to safeguard innocent British citizens. It coincides with the publication of the report by the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR), recommending an overhaul of UK extradition arrangements. (I am a member of the JCHR and proposed the extradition inquiry). […]

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Strasbourg in the Dock

Today I launched a new pamphlet with the think tank CIVITAS, Strasbourg in the Dock – Prisoner Voting, Human Rights & the Case for Democracy. The report assesses what Britain should do to change its human rights laws – at domestic and European level – in the aftermath of the prisoner voting ruling from Strasbourg. […]

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Votes for Prisoners?

Today, I wrote an article for the Daily Telegraph, setting out the case against giving prisoners the vote. Parliament will get a free vote on this debate next week, initiated pursuant to a new back-bench procedure introduced by the coalition. You can read the article here … along with comments by John Hirst, the original […]

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EU Budget Debate

Yesterday, Parliament debated the EU budget, set to rise by 2.9% with Britain paying £7.7billion this year. I abstained on the vote – i.e. refused to vote in favour of the budget – for two reasons. First, the government had itself voted against the rise with 6 other countries in August (but was outvoted under […]

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Keeping an eye on the Swedes

Sweden is one of those countries it pays to keep an eye on. Run (until relatively recently) by social democrats, with high levels of taxation, a competitive economy and high social mobility, it appeared to defy gravity – and the debate between economic liberals (like myself) and socialists or social democrats. In short, it was […]

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