Heaton-Harris might have breached the MP’s code of conduct by using parliamentary headed notepaper to write to universities

Jo Johnson, the universities minister, insisted that Mr Heaton-Harris had been pursuing an “academic inquiry” that may “lead to a book on these questions”. However, Tom Brake, the Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesman, said that because a book is “a private … Continue reading Heaton-Harris might have breached the MP’s code of conduct by using parliamentary headed notepaper to write to universities

“It may be part of an attempt to question, challenge or undermine academic freedom,” says York University chancellor regarding Heaton-Harris request

Dear students, As some of you may be aware from recent media reports, a member of Parliament, Chris Heaton-Harris, has written to every vice chancellor in England, asking for the names of academic colleagues who are engaged in teaching ‘European … Continue reading “It may be part of an attempt to question, challenge or undermine academic freedom,” says York University chancellor regarding Heaton-Harris request

No. 10 “disowns” Heaton-Harris’s ‘McCarthyite’ behaviour

Downing Street issued a rebuke to the MP Chris Heaton-Harris on Tuesday, telling reporters he had not been acting in his capacity as a government whip when he wrote the letter to university leaders asking for details of professors lecturing … Continue reading No. 10 “disowns” Heaton-Harris’s ‘McCarthyite’ behaviour

Chris Heaton-Harris accused of “McCarthyite” behaviour after asking universities to declare what they are teaching about Brexit

Prof David Green, vice-chancellor of Worcester University, felt a chill down his spine when he read the “sinister” request: “This letter just asking for information appears so innocent but is really so, so dangerous,” he says. “Here is the first … Continue reading Chris Heaton-Harris accused of “McCarthyite” behaviour after asking universities to declare what they are teaching about Brexit

PM’s own terror watchdog says her internet terror plans are something a “Chinese dictator” would do

Theresa May’s plans to fine technology companies for failing to remove extremist material from the internet have been condemned by her own counterterrorism watchdog, Max Hill, QC, who said: “We do not live in China.” His comments are likely to … Continue reading PM’s own terror watchdog says her internet terror plans are something a “Chinese dictator” would do

Snoopers’ Charter to be challenged in High Court

Liberty (The National Council for Civil Liberties) have been granted permission to challenge part of the Snoopers’ Charter. Liberty is challenging the mass collection of everybody’s communications data and internet history, which it believes breaches British people’s rights. The High … Continue reading Snoopers’ Charter to be challenged in High Court

David Davis used to oppose “discriminatory” ID cards, now in favour of them for EU citizens

In 2006, Labour attempted to roll out ID cards – a move which was “despised by human rights campaigners and Tories alike” – with David Davis opposing as a “passionate opponent of intrusive government policy”. Such was Davis’s strength of … Continue reading David Davis used to oppose “discriminatory” ID cards, now in favour of them for EU citizens

There are nine “nasty details” hidden in the EU citizens deal, says The Mirror

The Mirror have pointed to nine details in the EU citizens offer made by Theresa May which they describe as “nasty”. The points are: EU citizens face having to apply for ID cards Those documents expire after two years They … Continue reading There are nine “nasty details” hidden in the EU citizens deal, says The Mirror