Finally, MPs move to ban circuses from using exotic animals: Only horses, dogs and rabbits will be allowed Move comes after shocking treatment of Anne the elephant Two circuses have had requests to use wild animals rejected in past year . The move was not binding, however, as it was based on a backbench motion from Tory MP Mark Pritchard.
Abu Qatada's presence here is reassuring, claims top Liberal Democrat Justice Minister Lord McNally said the legal protection preventing Abu Qatada's deportation is 'part of what makes us a civilised society'Seven-year bid to deport him has cost taxpayers 500K in legal aid aloneGovernment has made a new attempt to deport the radical preacher By Jason Groves PUBLISHED: 03:38 GMT, 12 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:14 GMT, 12 March 2013 Britain's inability to deport hate preacher Abu Qatada shows the controversial Human Rights Act is ‘working’, a senior Liberal Democrat minister has claimed. In an astonishing intervention, Justice Minister Lord McNally said the legal protection given to the man once dubbed Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe was ‘part of what makes us a civilised society’.
A victory for free speech: Lords vote to axe law banning insults that had led to countless arrests of ordinary peopleSection 5 of the Public Order Act criminalised ‘insulting’ words and behaviour But it had not defined what the term meant, leading to an abuse of the lawA move by Lord Dear, a former West Midlands chief constable, was backed by 150 votes to 54 | UPDATED: 07:49 GMT, 14 December 2012 Free speech campaigners have hailed a vote by the House of Lords to scrap a draconian law that made it a crime simply to insult someone. The controversial legislation led to countless arrests of ordinary people for making jokes and expressing opinions about religion and sexuality. An amendment to strike out the term 'insult' by Lord Dear, a crossbencher and former West Midlands chief constable, was backed by 150 votes to 54 Section 5 of the Public Order Act criminalised ‘insulting’ words and behaviour – without defining what the term meant.
Taxi driver who knocked down eight men by driving cab 'like a bowling ball' after row is jailed for 15 years Majid Rehman ploughed into six railmen and two innocent passers-by after a petty disputeThe 29-year-old sent 'bodies flying in all directions' during the attack in Wales | UPDATED: 15:37 GMT, 7 December 2012 Guilty: Majid Rehman was found guilty of mowing down eight men in his black cab, and has been jailed for 15 years A taxi driver has today been jailed for 15 years yesterday for mowing down eight men 'like a bowling ball' with his black cab. Majid Rehman, 29, deliberately used his car to run over the men walking on a pavement after a row at a railway station taxi rank. A court heard how furious Rehman deliberately ran a red light and drove 'at speed' towards six railworkers as they walked home from the station, just yards from the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Arrogant, abusive and oh-so smug – why do so many cyclists think they’re above the law | UPDATED: 23:16 GMT, 2 December 2012 Part of cycling's huge boost in popularity was caused by the events of the summer, when Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de France and the Olympic time trial One of the developments that I have cheered along in recent years has been the attempt to rein back the motor car in our cities and towns.