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The 20 individuals had accused the Metropolitan Police of Prince "suppressing anti-monarchist sentiment"

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MPs tonight overwhelmingly backed a Commons motion to continue denying prisoners the right to vote in defiance of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

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Both the Conservatives and Labour are struggling to contain rebellions among their MPs over whether prisoners should get the right to vote at general elections.

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Call for withdrawal from EU human rights court

The Government should consider withdrawing Britain from the European Court of Human Rights unless it can significantly reform within two years, an influential think tank said today.

Pull out of human rights court, says ex-Law Lord

A former Law Lord and director of Amnesty International will call on the Government today to withdraw Britain from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights.

Robert Verkaik: No win, no fee ruling could be shot in the arm for libel courts

Celebrities who first applauded Naomi Campbell for taking on the Daily Mirror for breaching her privacy might not be so happy with the outcome of her marathon legal battle.

Gay marriage ban challenge delayed

A plan to test the UK's ban on gay marriages and heterosexual civil partnerships has been stalled by a local government council incorrectly replying to one of eight English couples set on arguing the twin bans are unlawful and should be reversed.

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Gingerbread, mulled wine, baubles galore – Christmas markets are a chance to get into the spirit of things. Rhiannon Batten wraps it all up

Leading article: The case for democracy behind bars

The 140-year blanket disenfranchisement of British prisoners is about to expire. The European Court of Human Rights ruled in 2004 that Britain's exclusion of prison inmates from the democratic process was unlawful. And the Coalition is understood to be on the verge of acquiescing in that ruling.

Strasbourg rules Russian ban on gay marches 'illegal'

Russia was told by the European Court of Human Rights yesterday that its ban on gay marches is illegal.

Primo Levi's Auschwitz survivor 'Pikolo' dies

For decades Jean Samuel chose never to discuss his wartime experiences as an Auschwitz survivor. Living quietly as a local pharmacist, a post he inherited from his father in a small Alsace town, not even his own family could guess that he was Pikolo, the diminutive and quietly spoken beacon of humanity who inspired his friend and fellow concentration camp inmate Primo Levi to immortalise him in his definitive Holocaust memoir If This is a Man.

The case for a Bill of Rights

Criticised by many Tories, defended by the Liberal Democrats, the Human Rights Act is highly divisive within the coalition. In fact, it doesn't go far enough: if we care about liberty, we must create our own declaration, argues Geoffrey Robertson QC

Wrist injury ends Del Potro defence

Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro has ruled out defending his US Open title this year after having wrist surgery. "If all goes well, I'd return after the US Open," said Del Potro, who had an operation on his troublesome right wrist in America early this month. The US Open starts on 30 August.

Football fan Garry Mann 'devastated' to lose extradition battle

England football fan Garry Mann was left "devastated" today as he lost his final legal battle against extradition to Portugal, where he faces a two-year jail sentence.

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