New "snoopers charter" is a threat to ordinary people - but not to serious criminals

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The proposed Investigatory Powers Bill will put law abiding citizen's personal data at risk - while the seriously bad guys will simply use servers that are based overseas. It seems that Ministers need to find out more about how internet services work before they try to legislate about them.  

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Devolution and the dangers of standing still

The proposed North East devolution deal is about moving powers from Central Government to the region. It will bring significant new powers from Whitehall to the North East – giving regional decision makers greater powers and influence over local skills training, economic development, housing and ...

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Frank welcomes new law to end “revenge evictions”

Frank welcomes new law to end “revenge evictions”

Frank Hindle has welcomed the law to end “revenge evictions” that came into force this week. The law was agreed in Parliament in March this year, as a result of Liberal Democrat Ministers  pushing the Government to take action. Tory MPs had previously prevented an earlier attempt to change the la...

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The election is over! But the campaign for a liberal, democratic country continues

Thank you to everyone who voted for or supported me in the General Election. Unfortunately the Lib Dem vote of 6.8% in Gateshead was far from our worst result. My congratulations to Ian Mearns, on his re-election as MP for Gateshead. We disagree on many things, but he is a passionate advocate fo...

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