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Is the occurrence of sexual misdemeanors amongst the UK Conservative parliamentary party exceptional?

The 2019 intake of Conservative MPs into UK's parliament numbered 365. Since then at least 6 Tory MPs have been suspended or resigned for engaging in sexual related misconduct. These are: Julian ...
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What is the distribution of illegal acts defined by the Computer Misuse Act actually done by children in the UK?

The UK National Crime Agency has annonced that one in five children are being criminalised by the Computer Misuse Act (CMA). They warn of life changing consequences for the children involved. They ...
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How can the ECtHR judgement on encryption be reconciled with the UK's Online Safety act?

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) recently judged against allowing law enforcement to bypass end-to-end encryption: The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) (sic) has ruled that weakening ...
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Did British prime minister Rishi Sunak unsuccessfully sit the exam for a Winchester College scholarship? [closed]

The Tatler has reported regarding British prime minister Rishi Sunak that "[no] sooner was he accepted [into Winchester College] [...,] [his] good fortune [...] foundered: he missed out on the ...
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What tech is Jaguar Land Rover + UK government looking to ban?

The BBC is reporting that Jaguar Land Rover said the technology used by criminal gangs to steal their cars should be illegal and the company was working with the government to help get laws changed. ...
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Why was an inscription commemorating Dresden's bomb deaths removed?

There was an inscription commemorating those who died from the UK and the US bombing Dresden in February 1945, when an estimated 22-25,000 civilians were killed. Recently, according to Bild, the ...
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Did any country say that they view the British involvement in the attacks against the Houthis as supporting Israel in the Gazan conflict?

The Labour MP Zarah Sultana said: “Military intervention starting out as limited can quickly escalate, risking a sequence of events far larger and more terrible, and risk even dragging us into war.” ...
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Do the US and the UK have the right to attack Houthis?

The UN security council demanded an immediate end to Houthis attacks. Does this give the right to the US and the UK to unilaterally decide to attack Houthis according to UN treaties and/or ...
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Are the strikes against Yemen ordered by President Biden unconstitutional?

The U.S. and British forces have launched a massive retaliatory strike against the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen (1/12/2024). The military response by the U.S. and U.K. comes after a series of drone ...
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Can the British PM formally be charged with treason?

Can the British PM formally be charged with treason, or high treason? Does the British constitution make this possible?
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How common is it to price a law by the cost of putting up signs?

The BBC is describing the new 20mph speed limit in urban Wales as "the £34m law" which appears to be a reference to "the cost of bringing in the new signs". If one was to attempt ...
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Which sections of Indian Independence Act 1947 were repealed in British Parliament, and why?

The Indian Independence Act 1947, was repealed by the respective constitutions of India and Pakistan in 1950 & 1956. The Parliament of the United Kingdom, never repealed it but according to the ...
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Are greatly more resources devoted to investigating the circumstances around missing women and girls than to those around missing boys and men?

We have seen two recent national media spectacles around the missing persons cases of Nicola Bulley and Gaynor Lord, and these have followed the admittedly gruesome national spectacle around the ...
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Has the UK government provided the "minimum standard of privacy and accuracy" that are required of a messaging service for ETEE to be banned?

The Guardian reports that the UK government will not require Ofcom to enforce the restrictions on End to End Encryption (ETEE) until two conditions are met: the government has said the regulator ...
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Why doesn't the UK government end "bona vacantia"?

It has recently been reported that King Charles benefits from the estates of those who pass away without leaving a will or next of kin. Apparently this takes place via ancient feudal laws known as &...
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Why are there so few reactions to the Houthis' attacks on ships?

Recently, the Houthis attacked a British ship, and not for the first time. While they claim that the ships are somehow linked to Israel, they are also owned by non-Israelis, and the crew members are ...
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What could have been the intended purpose of Section 10(2) of the criminal law act 1977?

Section 10(1) CLA 1977 creates an offence of obstructing a judicial enforcement officer effecting enforcement of a court order for recovery of possession of property. But section 10(2) explicitly ...
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What could have been the intended purpose of Section 23 of the Theft Act 1968?

Section 23 of the Theft Act 1968 states: Advertising rewards for return of goods stolen or lost. Where any public advertisement of a reward for the return of any goods which have been stolen or lost ...
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In the UK, what are the votes that started as voiced but passed into the divisions for more formal voting?

Following my previous question, I've learned from comments that many votes in the UK are voiced. According to what I was able to gather the Speaker of the House determines if a vote will be voice and ...
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How significant is the UN's condemnation of UK imprisonment of Just Stop Oil protestors?

It has recently come to light that the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of climate change, Ian Fry, had sent a letter to the UK government warning ...
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What level of data anonymisation is the NHS federated data platform/Palantir using?

It is in the news that UK NHS patients will not be given the option of whether their medical data is processed by US spy tech firm Palantir. This is being justified by because their data will be ...
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What would happen if the UK government simply ignores the ECHR and proceeds with the Rwanda relocation scheme?

As explained in the answer to Would there be any economic consequences if the UK were to leave the ECHR?, leaving the ECHR over the Rwanda plan could potentially upset the Good Friday agreement and is ...
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If UK government "ignored the law" on asylum seekers, what are the consequences? [duplicate]

The UK government wants to send some asylum seekers to Rwanda, but the proposed policy has been ruled unlawful by the UK Supreme Court. The Conservative deputy chairman Lee Anderson is widely reported ...
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Can the UK parliament just declare Rwanda a safe-country for asylum purposes?

Earlier today (15 Nov 2023) a UK Supreme Court ruling declared that the government policy of relocating asylum seekers to Rwanda was not permissible, due to the risk of relocation back to the ...
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When was the last/prior time a former PM served in another (non-PM) position in the UK government?

CNN: Sunak then announced he was bringing Cameron back to frontline politics as foreign secretary, in a stunning move that has few parallels in recent British political history. Cameron served as ...
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Why does the UK compete in sports sometimes as "GBR" and sometimes as each of its individual nations? [duplicate]

In football and some other sports England, Wales, NI and Scotland compete as one independent country but at olympics, saling, skiing etc compete as "GBR" What is reason for that? UK has just ...
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Has UK common budget or every country has its own?

How financial system works in UK? Must England, Scotland, Wales and North Ireland, fill the common budget or every country is completely independent, "keep" his money/profit for itself? Does ...
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Have the UK government explained exactly why a march for peace in Gaza on Armistice Day would be disrespectful?

It is reported that various members of the UK government consider a march calling for peace in Gaza planned in London on Saturday 11 November disrespectful. However, while there are multiple quotes ...
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Why do you need to get court records transcribed to find out what was said?

It is in the news that it is very expensive for victims to access transcriptions of court proceedings of which they were present. For example one rape survivor said she was quoted £7,500 for the ...
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In what sense did the English Channel migration crisis begin “nearly five years ago”?

According to this article, Meanwhile, ministers are understood to believe they have finally turned a corner on the number of migrants crossing the Channel, nearly five years after the crisis began. ...
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How many MPs have lost their seat in an election and subsequently been promoted to the House of Lords?

According to the electoral reform society Nearly 1/3 of current members of the House of Lords were politicians before their elevation. In the current House of Lords, 29 percent of peers were ...
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What were the postal vote figures in the 2023 Tamworth UK by-election?

What were the postal vote figures in the 2023 Tamworth UK by-election? I have looked in many places online and could not find them (if they were published)
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Could the UK government be prosecuted for their role in aiding and abetting war crimes in Gaza?

Just came across this: Prime Minister warned of intention to prosecute UK government officials for complicity in war crimes in Gaza I don't want to rely solely on what they say on their page to assess ...
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What evidence is there to show that the UK has become more polarised in recent years?

Anecdotally, I have found it to be taken as a given that currently, the UK is in one of its most politically polarised times; whether that is from newspapers, or from the opinion of my social circle. ...
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UK budget and the financial services industry

A few days ago the BBC reported https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-66897881 on the disastrous mini budget of the Kwarteng/Truss era, and included this: Economically, the UK has long enjoyed a ...
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By which reasoning is Birmingham "the largest local authority in Europe"?

In recent reports, the BBC has used this superlative in relation to the City of Birmingham multiple times: The largest local authority in Europe is to halt all spending other than services it must ...
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Why didn’t the UK reduce their yearly immigration despite leaving the EU?

Previously it seemed like wanting to cut down migration was a cornerstone argument for Brexit to happen. But despite the UK fully leaving the EU and the Conservative Party still being in power, the UK ...
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A comparison on UK and Japan cost of living

Both are Island countries, the UK's cost of living is 63.6, and Japan cost of living is 54.3 (reference). Yet Japan has a higher quality of life index. Why UK have that additional 10~ cost of living ...
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How and why has the UK been arresting anti-monarchy protestors?

The UK police have been arresting protesters for being anti-monarchy in public. What I want to know is: HOW: Can the UK justify these arrests within their own laws? Have they tried to? WHY: Has there ...
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When did a Prime Minister last miss two, consecutive Prime Minister's Questions?

Rishi Sunak was criticised at the Liaison Committee for his plans to miss two consecutive Prime Minister's Questions sessions in Parliament: Sir Chris Bryant: Remind us when a Prime Minister last ...
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Have Prime Ministers ever removed people from Honours Lists

PMQs again see Rishi Sunak pushed on the state of Johnson's resignation honours list and why he is allowing Johnson's nominations to the Lord's to go forward. https://twitter.com/Haggis_UK/status/...
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If Boris Johnson returns as an MP, would he have to serve the 90-day suspension for lying to Parliament?

Parliament has accepted the partygate report, which investigated whether Boris Johnson misled parliament. The report recommended a 90-day suspension and that he should be denied a former member's pass ...
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Have Jonathan Pie's "allegations" been supported by the Privileges Committee report? "he lied, and did it again by denying that he’d previously lied"

The Evening Standard's June 20, 2023 MPs overwhelmingly back report finding Boris Johnson deliberately misled Parliament over Partygate begins: MPs voted by 354 to seven to accept a report finding ...
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Boris Johnson Partygate Report: What are the possible consequences for Johnson?

As I type this, the debate is ongoing over Boris Johnson, deciding whether or not to accept the Partygate report's findings. The report suggests a 90-day suspension, possibly triggering a by-election, ...
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Given the typical pace of Parliament, what is roughly the earliest one could see the renters reform bill becoming law? [closed]

How long does it take for such a Bill to make it through Parliament and gain parliamentary assent?
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Why do immigrants want to come to the UK when its cost of living is so high? [closed]

As a working visa holder, I realize that the cost of living in the UK is horrifying. A British whole breakfast that would cost only £3 in Asia costs £10 in the UK. Public transport wise, it only cost ...
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Why does England not have its own government?

There is the Welsh Government, The Northern Ireland Assembly, and The Scottish Government. All those countries are also under the Westminster government. Why does England not have its own devolved ...
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What is the logic of allowing animal testing for cosmetics regarding the safety of workers but not the safety of customers?

25 years ago in response to public pressure concerning animal welfare in the cosmetics industry a ban on cosmetic testing on animals was introduced. The text of that motion: That this House welcomes ...
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UK allegiance oath - Is there a secular alternative?

It has been proposed that at the Coronation, the "general public" will be "invited" to swear an oath which takes the form "I swear that I will pay true allegiance to your ...
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Why is it so difficult to deal with cold calling? [closed]

It is in the news that the UK government is making a significant investment in "a clampdown on the use of cold calls to sell financial products". This involves significant investment in ...
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