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Issue No. 2346

Date set for Scotland vote

Four million voters in Scotland will have the chance to vote for independence next year. The referendum has been called for 18 September.

Socialist Worker supports a yes vote for Scotland breaking from the UK.

£34 billion for nuclear power

The Tories last week gave permission to energy firm EDF to build a new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point C in Somerset.

It’s thought the power station will cost £14 billion.

The government has also committed £20 million to nuclear research.

Secret courts deny justice

Britain’s Supreme Court went into secret session for the first time in its history.

Judges are hearing a case against Iranian nationals accused of money laundering. Claimants cannot hear the evidence against them.

A row over secret courts raged this week as the Lords considered changes to the laws which they say would protect justice.

The Tories say the Lords’ proposed changes are “unworkable”.

Assembly to fight austerity

Anti-cuts Activists will come together in London at the People’s Assembly against Austerity in Central Hall on 22 June.

This comes as the latest Tory attacks on welfare and the public sector hit home.

Duggan lawyers slam watchdog

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)has been branded “not fit for purpose” by Michael Mansfield QC, one of the lawyers representing Mark Duggan’s family.

Mark was shot by police in Tottenham, north London, on 4 August 2011. This sparked riots in London and across England.

Mansfield made the comments at a pre-inquest hearing on Monday of this week.

The IPCC’s report into the shooting is due in mid-May—over a year late.

Alfie Meadows fights for justice

Around 100 people came to a meeting to celebrate the acquittal of Alfie Meadows and Zak King on Monday of this week.

The pair were arrested on a student protest against tuition fees in December 2010.

After three trials they were found not guilty of violent disorder by a unanimous jury.

Alfie told the meeting, “We are continuing to fight for justice. My complaint against the police is now with the Independent Police Complaints Commission.”

Jury condemns Wandsworth prison treatment of prisoner

The jury in the inquest into the death of a man in Wandsworth prison has condemned his treatment.

James Best, 37, was on remand at Wandsworth prison after stealing a gingerbread man from a looted bakery during the 2011 London riots.

James had a history of mental and physical health problems.

His foster mother, Dolly Daniel, said, “He was let down by the justice system – they ignored his health issues.”

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Thu 28 Mar 2013, 13:04 GMT
Issue No. 2346
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