News Bulletin Special 14 February 2014

In this week’s bulletin Jessica Khan talks to the Deputy Director (Public Affairs) at The Christian Institute, Simon Calvert, about recent and upcoming events in the corridors of power around the UK.

Topics include:

Reform to Clause 1 of the Anti-social Behaviour Bill – which saw the Government drop its plans to replace ASBOs with IPNAs, or Injunctions to Prevent Nuisance or Annoyance.

Defeat of a last minute attempt to impose compulsory sex education in Primary Schools into the Children and Families Bill.

The controversial lobbying Bill – which restricts the ability of charities and voluntary organisations to fully engage in the political process in the run up to the General Election.

Simon also talks about the Scottish Parliament’s decision to legalise same-sex marriage, – and the upcoming vote at Holyrood to assign a ‘named person’, or state guardian to every child under the age of 18.

Northern Ireland’s Justice Minister David Ford has announced that he is to launch a consultation on amending abortion law in the province.

The Welsh Assembly decided not to back an amendment to ban smacking in Wales.