News According to research published by the Ministry of Justice, over a fifth of out of work benefits claimants have a criminal record

More than a fifth of out of work benefits claimants have a criminal record according to research published by the Ministry of Justice today.

Tories hope for closure as Chris Grayling apologises for anti-gay comments

The shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling apologised for the first time for expressing sympathy with bed and breakfast owners who wanted to bar gay couples from their private homes.

Nevin's Notes (21/04/10)

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Dr Michael Pravica is right to say that the Catholic Church should remove its celibacy requirements, but he did not mention gay marriage (Letters, 4 April). It is highly unlikely we will ever see gay marriage among Catholic priests being permissible, given that homosexuality is regarded as a sin in the eyes of this church. However, one cannot get away from the fact that the overwhelming majority of children who have been molested and raped by priests are boys. It is safe to say that the priests who commit such depraved crimes are not only paedophiles, but are also repressed homosexuals. Marrying women and having "families of their own" would do nothing to prevent them sexually assaulting boys in future.

Nevin's Notes: (10/04/2010)

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Labour candidate dropped for offensive remarks on Twitter

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Election in brief: Tory has sympathy for anti-gay views

A Tory candidate in a winnable seat said yesterday he had "sympathy" with bed and breakfast owners who wish to turn away gay couples.

Nevin's Notes (09/04/10)

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I'm voting Labour, founder of Tory gay rights group says

Grayling's B&B gaffe provokes revolt against Cameron

Nevin's Notes (08/04/10)

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Michael Brown: I wish I'd had the NI policy to call on as a Tory candidate

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