John Hemming, of the Justice for Families group, says some parents are unfairly targeted

Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming tells parents suspected of child abuse to flee because they ‘can’t get a fair trial’

Chairman of the Justice for Families group says the legal system is stacked heavily against individuals and in favour of local authorities

Simon Hughes says some view the criminal justice system as hostile

Simon Hughes: 'Legal profession must do more to reflect modern Britain'

Justice minister wants more female and ethnic minority barristers within 2 years

Laszlo Andor insists that France and Denmark have more generous welfare systems than the UK

Plan to cut child benefit paid to EU migrants will be vetoed, says Brussels

Laszlo Andor insists that France and Denmark have more generous welfare systems than the UK

Tim Farron is standing down from his role as Lib Dem president this year

Tim Farron could play role in Lib Dem-Labour cabinet

Nick Clegg will have to give the left-wing party president Tim Farron a job in a future coalition, Liberal Democrat sources said last night, amid further signs that the party is preparing for a deal with Labour.

New age of enlightenment? The pensions minister pledged a better deal on annuities

Annuities: Buy in ignorance, repent at leisure

A minister has called for switchable annuities, which may be impractical. Meanwhile, says Chiara Cavaglieri, shop around

David Cameron has been accused of being a 'Nimby' and deliberately suppressing a plan of building garden cities in a Conservative heartland

David Cameron accused of being a 'Nimby' over garden cities plan

Lib Dems say PM deliberately suppressed a plan which could see development in a Conservative heartland

Chuka Ummuna said he had talked to some of his European counterparts about the issue of free movement of people within EU

Tough Labour policy could close door on EU job-seekers

Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Ummuna floats curbs on the free movement of people within EU

The man behind the all-important shift of David Cameron’s parting from the left to the right has been awarded an MBE.

How much do MPs really spend on their hair? David Cameron's Coiffeur V The Commons

David Cameron pays £90 a time; Nick Clegg has gone to £45. But for many MPs it’s a point of pride to pay as little as possible. We comb Westminster to find out whose haircuts cost what

Labour slam Royal Mail's 'botched' privatisation

Labour has accused the government of a “botched privatisation” over its controversial sell off of Royal Mail, saying taxpayers have been short-changed by hundreds of millions of pounds.

The party selected Anna Arrowsmith as a candidate in the last General Election

Exclusive: Lib Dems risk ‘pro-porn’ label as they oppose internet filters

David Cameron’s website blocking plan decried as ‘misconceived and illiberal’ by Coalition partners

A logical conclusion for the arch critics of censorship

How to stop children easily accessing legal internet pornography poses a dilemma for the Liberal Democrats that it doesn’t for any other British political party.

Andy McSmith's Diary: Why do these troughers in ermine have a legal right to line their pockets?

The House of Lords has published details of expenses claimed by their lordships during August 2013. Since they convened for only one day that month, most peers claimed no expenses, but among the minority who did you will see – inevitably – the names of that trio of troughers in ermine, Lord Hanningfield, Lord Taylor of Warwick, and Baroness Uddin.

Picture from 2005; according to the Refugee Council some young asylum-seekers are being held in adult detention for weeks before authorities decide they are in fact children

Exclusive: Children are still held in adult detention centres despite Coalition pledges to end the practice

Young asylum-seekers sharing a room with adults are at risk of abuse

David Cameron with Sajid Raza on a visit to Kings Science Academy

Kings Science Academy free school founder arrested over alleged fraud

Police say a 41-year-old man has been arrested in connection with their investigations into Bradford school's finances

Carole Duggan has urged “no more demonstrations, no more violence”

Mark Duggan’s family pledge to fight jury’s decision of lawful killing

Carole Duggan says the family will not give peace to the authorities until they get justice

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