London, 14 March 2017 – The European Parliament will today vote on a report on big data and privacy. The report identifies heightened concern around the security of big data, especially in the context of the Internet of Things (IoT). It therefore recognises an added value in technology developments which improve security, and calls for greater cooperation between public and private sectors.
- Around eight in ten over 50s say the roads are in a bad state
- Eight out of ten say that road maintenance has got worse
- Pothole related damage costs £1,600 on average
A Saga Car Insurance poll* of around 10,000 over 50s shows that around eight in ten motorists believe the UK’s roads are in bad state of repair with a similar number saying they have got worse over the last few years.
More could have been done to investigate the many allegations of fraud and malpractice in Tower Hamlets before and during the 2014 Mayoral election.
- Investigations that did take place were not undertaken to the highest possible standards.
- Evidence was missed in the Met’s investigation – a bundle of 27 files sent to the Director of Public Prosecution was not reviewed by the Met.
- Evidence of criminal wrongdoing, and expeditious investigative work could have generated sufficient evidence to seek a criminal prosecution.
Following an investigation into the difficulties of tackling election fraud and malpractice in the capital, the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee publishes its findings and recommendations today.
9th March 2017, London – A historic meeting bringing together Trade Ministers from across the Commonwealth will be held in London, hosted by Lord Marland of Odstock, Chairman of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council. The main aim of the meeting is to explore ways of maximising the Commonwealth Factor – which makes it on average 19% cheaper to do business between Commonwealth countries.
Manama, 4 March 2017: The Public Prosecution announced that a large terrorist organisation has been uncovered comprising 54 members in multiple locations, including individuals in Iraq, Iran and Germany, as well as Bahrain. The organisation includes 10 men who had escaped from Jau prison on 1 January this year which resulted in the death of a policeman. The Public Prosecutor also added that 25 members of the terror cell who were involved have been arrested, with investigations ongoing.
London, United Kingdom – The message of Hyrbyair Marri, leader of the Free Balochistan Movement, was read in a seminar by his representative on 23 February 2017. The seminar titled ‘History of Balochistan revisited’ was held in the British Parliament and was organised by the Democracy Forum.
House of Cronies frustrating democracy
Brexit has suffered what we hope is a brief setback. This week the House of Lords voted to start a game of Parliamentary ping-pong over the Article 50 Bill, with 358 unelected peers voting for an amendment unilaterally guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens in the UK. 256 voted with the Government against the amendment, while 190 did not even vote. This is a clear attempt to subvert the will of the people by pro-EU peers, like the EU-funded Lords Mandelson and Kinnock. The same amendment had been voted down by the elected House of Commons just 3 weeks ago, but now the Article 50 Bill will be sent back to the Commons for MPs to decide on once again.