Home Office forced into stop and search U-turn following legal action from Liberty, Stopwatch


Liberty and Stopwatch UK have welcomed a U-turn from the Home Office to reverse proposals that would have permanently removed constraints around the use of Section 60 (S.60) safeguards in the Best Use of Stop and Search Scheme (BUSSS).

"Stand up and be counted" | Why local government needs you


If you want to get a true sense of what it's like to be a councillor, check out the NEW Civic & Political Leadership Programme, which OBV has launched in collaboration with Greater Manchester Combined Authority. Hurry, applications close 2 January 2022. Apply now.

PMQs: Social Care dominates 45-minute session


The Prime Minister dismissed suggestions that it was time to “call it a day” from the SNPs Ian Blackford, in a session that was ultimately dominated by challenges to the government’s social care plans. 

A debate on Islamophobia is set to take place in parliament tomorrow - here's what we know so far


A debate is set to take place tomorrow on Islamaphobia awareness month in parliament.

The debate was secured by the Labour MP for Manchester Gorton and the Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, Afzal Khan. Khan, who is a member of the Muslim All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) took to his social media channels to urge the public to write to their MPs about speaking at the debate. 

Stop and search rises 24% despite multiple COVID lockdowns


Last week saw the fears of many campaign groups seemingly confirmed as new figures from the Home Office revealed a 24% rise in stop and search cases over the last year, despite several lockdowns.

PMQs: On the sleaze scandal, health crisis concerns, and broken HS2 promises


After a COP related one week absence, PMQs resumed for a highly charged session. Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle was forced to interject in proceedings on multiple occasions, including with Boris Johnson, as MPs either failed to give way or were implored to manage the nature of their discourse.

World Diabetes Day: Tony Kelly talks dealing with Type-2 diabetes


Numerous studies have shown that in the UK, people from Black African, African Caribbean and South Asian (Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi) backgrounds are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes from a younger age. Tony Kelly, a Diabetes Strategic Patient Partner is one such person. Here, he writes openly about living with diabetes, and the habits he's adopted to manage it.

What do the different poppies represent?


As in previous years, Remembrance Sunday was observed on the second Sunday of the month, with millions of people remembering the sacrifices made by both British, and Commonwealth Armed Forces. Memorial services were held across the country, and at 11:00 am a two minute silence was observed.

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