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  1. February 7, 2011

    Coalition insists May 5 vote on AV will go ahead

    Jim Pickard, Political Correspondent The public will still get to vote on electoral reform on May 5 in spite of the...

  2. January 17, 2011

    Lords braced for more all-night debates

    Labour peers are braced for the prospect of further all-night sittings in the coming days in what the government has...

  1. January 13, 2011

    Labour accused of delaying voting reform

    Taxpayers could be hit with an extra bill of £17m if the referendum on the alternative vote is delayed from its planned date...

  2. December 29, 2010

    AV opponents claim wide Labour backing

    Campaigners against a change in Britain’s voting system claimed the support of 114 Labour MPs on Wednesday in a striking...

  3. October 4, 2009

    Supreme Court forecast to have big impact

    The new Supreme Court, which hears its first appeal on Monday, will trigger bigger changes to the substance and style of...

  4. June 30, 2008

    Falconer gets key Newcastle role

    Charlie Falconer, former Lord Chancellor and housing minister, has been appointed chairman of the City Development Company...

  5. June 29, 2007

    How the new cabinet lines up

    Prime ministerGordon BrownChancellorAlistair Darling Foreign secretaryDavid Miliband JusticeJack Straw Home secretaryJacqui...

  6. May 23, 2007

    Judiciary and ministers still at odds over new justice ministry

    Judges and the government were "poles apart" on how to resolve constitutional problems thrown up by the creation of the new...

  7. May 14, 2007

    Corporate manslaughter bill faces crunch vote

    Attempts to rescue a law to make it easier to prosecute companies over fatal accidents will come to a head in an MPs' vote...

  8. May 2, 2007

    Judges far from deal on justice ministry workings

    The judiciary is far from reaching a deal with the government over the workings of the ministry of justice due to be set up...

  9. March 24, 2007

    Harman in call to keep law chief out of cabinet

    The attorney-general should be excluded from attending cabinet meetings as part of efforts to restore public trust in...

  10. March 23, 2007

    Harman call to end law chief’s cabinet role

    The attorney-general should be excluded from attending cabinet meetings as part of efforts to restore public trust in...

  11. March 12, 2007

    Changes to law officer's role are 'up for debate'

    A change to the role of the government's chief law officer has been mooted as the holder of the office, Lord Goldsmith,...

  12. February 2, 2007

    Lord Goldsmith smiling through

    Things couldn't get much worse for attorney-general Lord Goldsmith - unless of course, he is called on to give an opinion...

  13. November 29, 2006

    Legal aid reforms set to go head

    Market-style reforms of the £2bn legal aid system will be launched next year, despite opposition from lawyers. Solicitors'...

  14. November 25, 2006

    Lord chancellor defends 'Tesco law'

    A contentious bill to allow law firms to go into business with other professionals and permit outside investment will "free...

  15. November 20, 2006

    City firms hit at legal aid reform

    Leading City law firms have launched a stinging attack on a controversial government plan to cut the £2bn annual legal aid...

  16. November 16, 2006

    White tie and tails

    And on the subject of pageantry, here's a Blair quip from Monday night's Lord Mayor's banquet - the last he will attend as...

  17. November 15, 2006

    Pomp, circumstance and the modern age

    There they all were, in their ermine, the lords spiritual and temporal in parliament assembled waiting for one of the most...

  18. November 7, 2006

    MPs ‘given assurances over Goldsmith cash-for-honours role’

    Dominic Grieve, shadow attorney general, wrote to the attorney on Tuesday asking if there was a conflict of interest in a...

  19. October 27, 2006

    The faerie king

    To Bonhams, the auctioneers, where one of the paintings up for sale next month is of the Lord Chancellor at his annual...

  20. October 17, 2006

    Freedom of information refusals 'set to increase'

    One in seven of all freedom of information requests - and potentially many of the most important ones - are set to be ruled...

  21. September 14, 2006

    Falconer condemns Guantanamo Bay

    Lord Falconer, the lord chancellor, has described the US "holding camp" regime for terror suspects at Guantánamo Bay in...

  22. September 2, 2006

    LORD FALCONER Constitutional affairs secretary

    'Now, in my view, is not the time to go as prime minister'...

  23. July 31, 2006

    Freedom of information fees considered

    "Vexatious" freedom of information requests should be deterred by a charging system, Lord Falconer has told the cabinet....

  24. July 26, 2006

    Human Rights Act may need support

    The Human Rights Act has worked well but may need to be buttressed by a new law to ensure public authorities give proper...

  25. July 24, 2006

    Jail term proposed to deter personal data sales

    People who sell personal information illegally will face up to two years in prison under a proposed crackdown to be...

  26. July 11, 2006

    HOME SECRETARY FAILS TO GET INCREASE IN 'UNDULY LENIENT' SENTENCE FOR CONVICTED PAEDOPHILE

    A convicted paedophile will not have his minimum sentence increased, in spite of the intervention of John Reid, home...

  27. July 7, 2006

    Tough overseas rules may deter law firms investing

    Leading law firms are unlikely to take advantage of government plans to allow outside investment due to fears that it will...

  28. July 5, 2006

    Helene the radical wins the woolsack

    Remember when Helene Hayman as a young MP in the mid 1970s shocked the establishment by suggesting she might like to...

  29. June 21, 2006

    Law change to speed up asbestos cases

    Thousands of sufferers of asbestos-related cancer stand to receive faster compensation from their former employers and...

  30. May 25, 2006

    Shake-up will allow lawyers to combine with other businesses

    Lawyers will be able to go into business with other professionals and outside investors under a radical shake-up of the...

  31. April 20, 2006

    Donations to political parties could be capped

    Individual donations to political parties could be capped in an effort to restore battered public confidence following the...

  32. April 18, 2006

    Pre-2000 Tory loans to escape police probe

    The police probe into the cash-for-honours allegations will not cover loans to the Conservative party from wealthy...

  33. March 21, 2006

    How to determine the worth of an ermine outfit

    From Mr Angus Palmer. Sir, Lord Falconer, the Lord Chancellor, suggests that loans to political parties should be banned....

  34. March 9, 2006

    Out of focus

    An invitation arrives to an all-party parliamentary photographic exhibition sponsored by the camera retailer Jessops and to...

  35. March 2, 2006

    Structural hitches for supreme court

    The supreme court, the centrepiece of the govern-ment's constitutional shake-up, will not come into operation before...

  36. March 1, 2006

    MPs seek to scrap clause in damages legislation

    A clampdown on the "compensation culture" by clarifying the law of negligence could have the "perverse effect" of...

  37. February 15, 2006

    The English have a right to determine their own laws

    Last Friday, the House of Lords gave a second reading to my bill seeking to prevent Scottish and Welsh MPs at Westminster...

  38. November 7, 2005

    Clarke prepares to compromise on terror laws

    Tony Blair will make a last-ditch attempt on Monday night to persuade his backbenchers to back controversial new terrorism...

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