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News Digest – 26th October 2005

Police firearms review considered
24th October 2005

Home Secretary Charles Clarke has said he may allow Parliament to review the Metropolitan Police force’s policy on officers using firearms.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission would first have to end its inquiry into the shooting of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes, he said


Mental health care is not good enough, Hewitt admits
27th September 2005

Mental health services were “appalling” in the past and are still not good enough, the health secretary has admitted. Patricia Hewitt’s confession that mental health remains the “Cinderella service” which is failing to improve quickly enough was heard last night at a fringe debate on NHS funding at the Labour conference


Campaigners attack prison reform plans
19th September 2005
The home secretary, Charles Clarke is “talking nonsense” when he proposes new community prisons and an end to a cap on prison numbers, campaigners said today. Frances Crook, director of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said it would be impossible to create a network of community prisons if the number of prisoners was still rising


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