A ex-Army chief has said he believes legislation to protect military veterans from prosecution was excluded from the Queen's Speech after pressure from the Northern Ireland Office (NIO).Lord Dannatt added he believed officials were nervous as they feared it would prejudice other discussions.The PM had promised to end the pursuit of soldiers over historic allegations of offences committed in operations.Those related to operations during the Troubles and in Iraq and Afghanistan. What is the Queen's Speech and why is it important? Veterans' protections 'should cover NI' In response to Lord Dannatt's claims, the government said: "We are determined to make progress and legislate on the issue of legacy prosecutions."Six former soldiers who served in Northern Ireland during the Troubles are facing prosecution.The cases relate to the killings of two people on Bloody Sunday in Londonderry in January 1972 as well as the deaths in separate incidents of Daniel Hegarty, John Pat Cunningham, Joe … [Read more...] about NIO cut veterans’ amnesty from Queen’s Speech, claims ex-Army chief
Troubles in northern ireland
INTERNATIONAL football is back for a final round of crunch Euro 2020 qualifiers. All of the Home Nations are in action this week and we've got selections from five crucial matches including England vs Montenegro, Azerbaijan vs Wales and Portugal vs Lithuania. England vs Montenegro - Thursday, 7.45pm THE Three Lions already have one foot already at Euro 2020. Qualification has pretty much being assured since the 5-1 mauling of Montenegro back in March, with Gareth Southgate's side strutting their way to next year's finals.We'll go as far as saying it's been a walkover, with England hammering 26 goals in just six games and only tasting defeat in that Prague reality Czech. They're back in the familiar surroundings of Wembley for this one and England just don't lose here in qualifying games. As such they're a tiny 1/14 to win the game. Unless you've got a spare grand lying around to chuck on and make yourself 70 quid, playing that market is a complete waste of time.Watching this fearless … [Read more...] about Football betting tips TODAY: Rashford to score for England, another Ronaldo masterclass, and Wales to win crunch clash
Leo Varadkar has said there can be no amnesty for crimes committed during the Troubles, no matter who committed them.Speaking in the Dáil (lower house of parliament), the taoiseach (Irish prime minister) said the Irish government would oppose any amnesty proposals.He was responding to concerns about a pledge by the Conservative Party to protect British Army veterans who served in Northern Ireland. He added his understanding was that the changes were to the Human Rights Act.Mr Varadkar said it "is not quite an amnesty but it is something that we are concerned about and will certainly be discussing with the British government". Johnson vows to end 'unfair' Army prosecutions Why are some army veterans facing prosecution Veterans' protections 'should cover NI' On Monday, Tánaiste (deputy prime minister) Simon Coveney said that the UK and Irish governments had agreed an approach on legacy and reconciliation in Northern Ireland."There is no statute of limitations, no amnesty for … [Read more...] about Veteran prosecutions: Varadkar says no amnesty for Troubles-era crimes
The Conservatives have pledged to protect military veterans from "vexatious prosecution" for killings that took place during the Troubles in Northern Ireland.Claiming that the Human Rights Act has been "weaponised" against former British soldiers, the Tories have proposed amending the act to "specify that it doesn't apply to issues - including any death in the Northern Ireland Troubles - that took place before the Act came into force in October 2000".The proposal comes after campaigns, in the British media and in parliament, protesting against an apparent increase in the investigation and prosecution of former British soldiers.So are former British soldiers being targeted for prosecution, and will the change prevent future cases being brought?These proposals will not halt prosecutions of veterans. Criminal prosecutions brought by the state will be unaffected. Hundreds of murders during the Troubles are still being reviewed by the authorities in Northern Ireland and murder prosecutions … [Read more...] about General election: Will Tory proposal prevent future prosecutions of veterans over Troubles?
Theresa May could have retained her House of Commons majority if June's snap General Election had been fought on a proposed shake-up of MPs' constituencies.An analysis of plans to cut the number of parliamentary seats, from 650 to 600, reveals if the vote had been held on a new list of constituencies the Conservatives may well have won an overall majority - rather than have to rely on the DUP's support to rule as a minority administration.The research, carried out for Sky News, the BBC, ITV News and the Press Association, suggests the Tories would have enjoyed a majority of 16; or effectively 25 if Sinn Fein were assumed not to take up their seats.Conducted by Professors Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher, emeritus professors of politics at the University of Plymouth and associate members of Nuffield College, Oxford, the work will pressure the Prime Minister to push for boundary changes before the next General Election.However, the seats shake-up - the latest version of which has been … [Read more...] about Theresa May would have kept Tory majority under boundaries plan