0 Have your say He is Scotland's new Secretary of State. But relatively few people beyond his Dumfries and Galloway constituency or the Scottish Conservative party have ever heard of Alister Jack. That's partly because he is a relative newcomer to front line politics, having only been elected at the 2017 snap general election. He does not have a personal Twitter profile - making him one of just a handful of Scottish MPs not found on the social media giant.He has however been a familiar face to Tory members north of the Border for years, having served as the party's vice-chairman in the William Hague era in the late 1990s.Politics Mr Jack unsuccessfully stood for election in 1997 in the Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale constituency, finishing third behind future Scottish secretary, Lib Dem Michael Moore.Two decades later he won the Dumfries and Galloway seat from the SNP's Richard Arkless with a majority of 10.9 per cent. While other newcomers to … [Read more...] about Alister Jack: Who is the new Secretary of State for Scotland?
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By: Adv Dev P. Bhardwaj 20 Jun 2019 11:41 AM GMT Over the years there have been many questions raised and a lot has been written on the subject on what determines obiter dicta and ratio decidendi. Legal academics have been arguing ever since over this and there hasn't been a single concrete conclusion, yet it also hasn't given us the liberty and room to interpret this maxim as we please. It does however clarify our doubts and confusions and warns us of certain errors and traps we may fall into with regard to obiter dicta and ratio decidendi. What remains to be determined is a perpetual question - can there be a conclusive determination of what obiter dicta and ratio decidendi is and can it be easily distinguished in the decision of the judge? What also needs to be addressed is how the legal jurist's, lawyers and the judges can come halfway at least, right at the mark, for the understanding of this decision making maxim. It can certainly be said that if our horizons are broadened … [Read more...] about Obiter Dicta And Ratio Decidendi-A Tug of War
As recently reported by this newspaper, the Royal College of Physicians is until Friday polling its 35,000 members and fellows on whether or not they think there should be a change in the law to permit assisted dying. The term ‘assisted dying’ is not a legal term but is often taken to refer to helping a terminally ill person, in the final stages of illness, to determine the manner and timing of their death, whereas ‘assisted suicide’, which is a legal term, refers to such assistance whether or not a person is terminally ill. RCP president Professor Andrew Goddard points out the current exercise is necessary because the college is frequently asked for its stance on the matter of assisted dying and because what it says may be cited in legal cases and in parliamentary debate.Therefore, he says, “it is essential that we base this on an up-to-date understanding of our members’ and fellows’ views”.Following its poll, the RCP says it will … [Read more...] about Ian Ellis: ‘Many of the dilemmas in end-of-life care have remained very real for me, even after much thought’
Paddy Ashdown was hailed as a man of "duty and devotion" to Britain "to the very end" by his former rival John Major on Saturday night after the former Liberal Democrat leader died aged 77. The politician and former Royal Marine, who led the party for from 1988 to 1999, passed away on Saturday evening, a party spokesman said. He revealed in November that he was being treated for bladder cancer. Former Conservative prime minister Sir John Major hailed his former opponent as "a man of duty, passion, and devotion to the country he loved - right up to the very end". He said Lady Ashdown and the rest of his family could be proud of his achievements, adding: "In Government, Paddy Ashdown was my opponent. In life, he was a much-valued friend. "His loss will be felt deeply by many - and not least by myself. "Throughout his life, Paddy was a true patriot, whose overriding wish was to serve his country: first, in the Marines, and then in both Houses of Parliament. "I can attest … [Read more...] about Paddy Ashdown dies aged 77: Former Lib Dem leader hailed as man of ‘duty and devotion’ to Britain
PUBLISHED: 18:02 13 November 2018 | UPDATED: 20:07 13 November 2018 Megan Aldous Goldie Sayers , Team GB Javelin Thrower and one of Suffolk's 100 Inspiring Women speaking at the event Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Archant This is a list that Suffolk should be proud of - 100 women who are positive role models for future generations, women who have achieved success in a diverse range of fields from business, the arts, sport and education to the third sector.The list was put together by a panel of judges this summer after we asked readers for their nominations. From top left: Jenna Ackerley, Anne Beckett-Allen, Katie Bannister, Jane Basham, Dayle Bayliss, Shayra Begum, Nicola Beach, Adele Bellis and Professor Emma Bond Pictures: WENDY AIKEN PHOTOGRAPHY/EDF ENERGY/BARRY ELEY/PHILIP MYNOTT/SUFFOLK COUNTY COUCIL/UNIVERSITY OF SUFFOLKJenna Ackerley, Events Under Canvas: A Felixstowe girl originally, 38-year-old Jenna now lives in East Bergholt with her husband and … [Read more...] about Meet 100 of Suffolk’s most inspirational women