Today at Woking Coroner’s Court, critical decisions are expected to be made about the forthcoming inquest into the death of Private Cheryl James – who died at Deepcut Barracks in 1995.
The Coroner will rule on Surrey Police’s request that Pte James’ inquest should be heard alongside inquests into the deaths of the other three young soldiers who died there. However fresh inquests have yet to be ordered into the deaths of Sean Benton, James Collinson and Geoff Gray. This would mean Cheryl’s inquest would be delayed, probably by years.
Responding to the Intelligence and Security Committee report on mass surveillance, Director of Liberty Shami Chakrabarti said:
“The ISC has repeatedly shown itself as a simple mouthpiece for the spooks – so clueless and ineffective that it’s only thanks to Edward Snowden that it had the slightest clue of the agencies’ antics."
Today MPs approved plans to create an independent Service Complaints Ombudsman as a Government amendment to the Armed Forces Bill - based on Liberty-backed proposals made in Committee – passed its final parliamentary stage.
Authorities who demanded climate change campaigners fork out thousands of pounds to march peacefully in London have bowed to pressure from Liberty, protesters and the public and staged a dramatic u-turn.