Government defeated over life sentences

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The Independent Online
The Government was yesterday shaken by defeat when the Lords voted to end the secrecy surrounding the mandatory life sentence for murder.

By 142 votes to 126 they backed calls from Lord Taylor, the Lord Chief Justice, and Lord Ackner, a former Law Lord, for convicted murderers to be told in open court the judge's recommended minimum sentence and to have a formal right of appeal against it.