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    Article: Jan 14, 2021

    Following a number of high profile cases where under cover police officers were seen to break the law in the course of their investigations. The Government is seeking to make such actions legal in the future.

    Liberal Democrat peers have helped to pass cross-party amendments to the Covert Human Intelligence Sources ( Criminal Conduct) Bill, as the number of Government defeats on the controversial new law rose to four.

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    Article: Jan 13, 2021

    1 Foreign workers in the NHS

    On Monday we brought you the news that Christine Jardine's Private Member's Bill to give NHS workers the right to remain in the UK. https://southsuffolklibdems.org.uk/en/article/2021/1389429/help-foreign-nhs-staff

    Sadly, today, the Tories killed that hope by cancelling all sitting Fridays until the end of March and with it debate on all private members bills.

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    Article: Jan 12, 2021

    The picture is of a food parcel provided for school kids in Finland.

    Why show this?

    Well Marcus Rashford is back in the news this morning complaining about the quality of some of the school meals being sent to kids now forced to study at home in the UK

    His tweet below says it all

    The Department for Education have responded saying "We have clear guidelines and standards for food parcels, which we expect to be followed." The children's minister, Vicky Ford, said she would be "urgently" look into the matter.

  • p64e (Photo by Myriam Zilles on Unsplash)
    Article: Jan 11, 2021

    Our NHS is under more pressure than it has ever been. As we write, brave nurses, doctors, cleaners, porters, health care assistants are putting in superhuman effort to keep people alive, to comfort them and their families when they can't and to treat more critically ill people than they have ever had to at the same time before.

  • xpm/ (Photo by corey oconnell on Unsplash)
    Article: Jan 10, 2021

    Amongst the post-Brexit stories of DPD stopping deliveries to Europe and Northern Ireland, Scottish fisherman saying delays and bureaucracy means they may have to stop sales to Europe and M&S stopping sales of Percy Pigs in Ireland our attention was caught by an exclusive article in the Independent today

    Arguably the problems described above are the bumps in the road as Mr Gove has warned us about and will be sorted as business becomes more familiar with the new rules

    The Independent story concerns the fact that bands will have to apply for permits and visas if they wish to tour in Europe adding significantly to costs and making tours much less viable. Not a big issue as such although this is an area where the UK exports much more than it imports

    Last week in a House of Lords Cabinet Office minister Lord True said: "The UK proposed measures that would have allowed musicians to travel and perform in the UK and the EU more easily, without needing work permits.

    "Specifically, we proposed including the work done by musicians, artists and entertainers, and their accompanying staff, in the list of permitted activities for short-term visitors. All ver clear you would think

    In fact, countries including the United States and Saudi Arabia enjoy a permit-free exemption for performers in their deals with the EU, which offers the arrangement as "standard". An EU spokesman said "The UK refused to agree because they said they were ending freedom of movement. It is untrue to say they asked for something more ambitious," the source said, adding "there has to be reciprocity".

    It appears the stumbling block was Priti Patel's immigration crackdown which has introduced tough restrictions on tours by EU musicians.

    From this month, they must, like non-EU artists, apply for visas - to visit for more than 30 days - as well as providing proof of savings and a sponsorship certificate from an event organiser.

    The Independent discovered the UK did ask for a similar 30-day exemption for its performers, but rejected 90 days - to fit with its own new rules.