Matt Gallagher

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THE MONSTERING OF HUMAN RIGHTS Adam Wagner, 19 September 2014 Adam Wagner is a barrister specializing in human rights and public law. He is the founding editor of the acclaimed UK Human Rights Blog and regularly writes for The New Statesman, The Guardian and The Times on public law and human rights issues. The following […]

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Next month, if the polls are to be believed, 20% of Britons will vote for the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). Many will be unaware that they are giving their support to a UKIP-led coalition within the European Parliament. UKIP itself has done little to tell voters what the members of its coalition stand for, […]

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LET JUSTICE BE DONE THOUGH THE HEAVENS FALL

by Matt Gallagher on April 16, 2014

‘In the little world in which children have their existence’, according to Pip in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, ‘there is nothing so finely perceived and finely felt, as injustice.’ None but the most hard-hearted among us could fail to be moved by the accounts that have recently been published concerning the conduct of Cyril Smith, […]

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The current row over the expenses claims of Culture Secretary Maria Miller, and calls for the police to investigate after a committee of MP’s watered down recommendations that she repay £45,000, is just the latest example of behaviour by those in authority that appears to be judged differently from the norm. Whatever the rights or […]

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Many members of the Asian community traditionally like to own gold jewellery, or give gold jewellery as gifts. As a result, they have been targeted by thieves who are all too well aware that Asian gold tends to be of great purity (22-24 carats) and that world gold prices are at the highest level in […]

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IT STARTED WITH A HISS!

by Matt Gallagher on October 19, 2013

In October last year, three police officers representing rank-and-file members of the Police Federation, the police union, met with then Government Chief Whip, Andrew Mitchell in his constituency office. The meeting came at the height of the so-called ‘Plebgate’ affair, where Mitchell had been accused of using the word ‘Plebs’ to describe officers who refused […]

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A SAD ANNIVERSARY

by Matt Gallagher on September 18, 2013

Today, we have been marking the first anniversary of the dreadful killing of two brave women, Fiona Hughes and Nicola Bone, police officers who died doing their duty on our behalf. Our thoughts will always be with the families, friends and loved ones of Nicola and Fiona, and their sacrifice will be remembered and recognised […]

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JOB AVAILABLE; £55K A YEAR; NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

by Matt Gallagher on July 28, 2013

During the PCC election last November I nominated Dr Jackie Pearcey to be Deputy PCC if I was elected. There was an all-male list of candidates for the post and I felt that Doctor Pearcey brought a balance and insight that would be lacking if the only perspective on offer was a male-dominated one. The […]

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The BBC has carried out an investigation into the cost of Police and Crime Commissioners, with findings that come as no surprise. BBC The investigation, by BBC Home Affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani, was frustrated by the lack of a central register of information. Ed Brown, of the BBC political research unit, also found difficulty in […]

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For over ten years, successive Home Secretary’s have wrestled with the problem of how to deport Abu Qatada, an Al Qaeda-linked Palestinian who was initially granted political asylum in the UK in 1994. The crux of the problem is that the Jordanian Government wishes to try Qatada, using evidence that may have been obtained through […]

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