Constitutional, Legal and EU issues

Publication - Magistrates Work! Restoring Local Justice

Simon Reevell MP, Professor John Howson and Stanley Brodie QC

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Published September 2014

As the political parties prepare for the 2015 general election, much work still remains in restoring the public finances, and another round of cuts is inevitable. In the case of justice, the authors of Magistrates Work! explain how savings can be made and the principles governing the operation of a fair justice system can be protected. 

The co-authors, Simon Reevell MP, Professor John Howson and Stanley Brodie QC, take stock of the recent closure of the magistrates’ courts, cut from 330 courts in 2009 to 240 in 2014. The consequences have been lamentable.

Publication - Zero Plus: The Principles of EU Renegotiation by Martin Howe QC

EUThe Prime Minister has called for a renegotiation of Britain's relationship with Europe, and all the main parties are committed to EU reform.

This week, Politeia published Zero Plus: The Principles of EU Renegotiation by leading EU lawyer and government legal adviser, Martin Howe QC. As author of Politeia's Safeguarding Sovereignty, Mr Howe inspired the European Union Act 2011. Howe's latest proposals have the potential to redefine the terms of Britain's EU debate.

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Here Is The City's coverage of the pamphlet gives an extensive review of Howe's thesis.

Freedom, Responsibility and the State: Curbing Over-Mighty Government

By Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, Martin Vickers MP, Zac Goldsmith MP, James Morris MP, Jason McCartney MP, John Stevenson MP, Craig Whittaker MP, Fiona Bruce MP, Simon Reevell MP, David Mowat MP.

May 2012

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If the UK is to recover and flourish, then the state must do less and individuals must have the freedom and responsibility to do more. That’s the message from a group of ten new MPs who explain how this can be done for Politeia in Freedom, Responsibility and the State: Curbing Over-Mighty Government.

From the very system of government to whether the UK will have enough energy to keep the lights on, this country suffers from too much of the wrong government. Its failings have led to malaise which inspires contempt for those who govern; damages our justice system, leaves young people unemployed and untrained to pay their way through life, and hinders our businesses. The authors* show how by trusting people more and government less, by allowing greater freedom under law, change for the better can occur.

Politeia's argument's on charity law upheld by tribunal

The Independent Schools Council (ICS) has won its case and the Charity Commission has been obliged to change its guidance on 'public benefit'.

The tribunal followed Peter Luxton's argument that the Charities Act of 2006 did not change the meaning of 'public benefit'.

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