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'Powers of unelected judges should be cut'

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Clarke cuts back on automatic prison sentences

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Katy Guest: Rant & Rave (28/11/10)

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Simon Carr: So how loudly does one have to talk to be heard in the House?

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Lord Acton: Hereditary peer who was instrumental in ending the inherited right to vote in the House of Lords

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