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By new puritan
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The time people can be put on pre-charge police bail could be limited to 28 days, the home secretary has said.

Revealing the proposal, Theresa May said it "cannot be right that people can spend months or even years on pre-charge bail with no oversight".

The limit could be extended in exceptional circumstances through a court application, she said.

It follows high-profile cases where suspects have been placed on bail for long periods but never charged.
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Seems very sensible to be honest. Almost disconcertingly so, in fact.
 
By Bones McCoy
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Almost a year has elapsed.

I heard this on the morning radio news, and throught it worth a mention:

Employment and Support Allowance: Re-tests axed for chronically ill claimants http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-37526324


That'll be Atos, or whoever has took the gig over ending up a few millions out of pocket.
It makes a change from austerity is for the plebs, but largesse for big private sector service providers.
I'll be interesting to see if the trend continues now we've a somewhat less connected cabinet than the old Bullingdon set.
By PaulOnBooks
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Bones McCoy wrote:Almost a year has elapsed.

I heard this on the morning radio news, and throught it worth a mention:

Employment and Support Allowance: Re-tests axed for chronically ill claimants http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-37526324


That'll be Atos, or whoever has took the gig over ending up a few millions out of pocket.
It makes a change from austerity is for the plebs, but largesse for big private sector service providers.
I'll be interesting to see if the trend continues now we've a somewhat less connected cabinet than the old Bullingdon set.
Should never have happened in the first place - I give no credit for the tardy abolition of a cruel and stupid policy. Just before conference as well and just as campaigners against the pensioners' bedroom tax are getting organised.
 
By Big Arnold
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new puritan wrote:
The time people can be put on pre-charge police bail could be limited to 28 days, the home secretary has said.

Revealing the proposal, Theresa May said it "cannot be right that people can spend months or even years on pre-charge bail with no oversight".

The limit could be extended in exceptional circumstances through a court application, she said.

It follows high-profile cases where suspects have been placed on bail for long periods but never charged.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30533102" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Seems very sensible to be honest. Almost disconcertingly so, in fact.
But as with Cliff Richard, the police can easily get round that by simply not making an arrest. They can still disrupt someone's life indefinitely.
 
By Samanfur
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Not a minister, but Maria Caulfield is trying to make defibrillators compulsory in schools and leisure centres, or similar public buildings if neither of the above're available:
I doubt that the government would find the funding without squeezing Council Tax payers until the pips squeak, and I suspect that - owing to their apparent allergies to first aid and to women - Philip Davies, Christopher Chope and their ilk will scupper it, but good on her for trying.
 
By MisterMuncher
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Fair play indeed.

Oddly, defibrillators are a Big Thing here. A few high profile sporting deaths (Cormac McAnallen probably the first amongst them) led to a really big push for them. There's one on the front of the supermarket down the village, for example, one on the GAA Hall, even a few dotted around the mountains.
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By Samanfur
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I've been trying to get momentum locally for more defibrillators. The mayor (you've seen him before in the sad face thread - eighty gammon joints moving in close formation) stood up a town council meeting earlier this year and said that he was against an AED that'd been proposed at the cricket club, because it would apparently lead to undesirables "running around and shocking each other".

Yes, that's the level of ignorance we're dealing with. And because he can't tell the difference between medical technology and an episode of Bottom (and has no inclination to correct himself), there's a distinct possibility that he's going to kill someone.

Caulfield's Bill could potentially do us a favour around here.
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