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Cameron: Revenge porn should be illegal

Posting porn online for revenge should be made illegal because it "clearly has criminal intent," Prime Minister David Cameron told the Commons.

David Cameron at Prime Minister's Questions. Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

After former culture secretary Maria Miller raised the issue with David Cameron at Prime Minister's Questions he said: "You are absolutely right, this is an appalling offence, a dreadful thing for someone to do and it clearly has criminal intent."

He added: "I'm very glad you are championing this cause and I hope, having looked in detail at the amendments you are suggesting, we can take up this cause."

Hague: UK probably supplied chemicals to Syria

William Hague speaking in the House of Commons. Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

British firms probably supplied the chemicals that have been used to make the nerve agent sarin in Syria, according to Foreign Secretary William Hague.

In a written statement to MPs he said that between 1983 and 1986 a review of the records showed a number of companies exported substances but they had legitimate uses for producing plastics and pharmaceuticals and they were not restricted under UK or international law.

He added: "From the information we hold, we judge it likely that these chemical exports by UK companies were subsequently used by Syria in their programmes to produce nerve agents, including sarin.Some of the companies involved no longer exist."

A UK chemical trader may have sourced some of the substances in question rather than producing them in the UK, he wrote.

Hague said Britain was "playing its full part" in the international effort to eliminate Syria's programme and he expected a ship carrying chemicals to be destroyed will arrive from the country next week.


Call for reform to 'barbaric' assisted dying law

Baroness Jay of Paddington has called for medical professionals to be allowed to aid the death of terminally ill patients if requested. Credit: Ian West/PA

The former leader of the House of Lords this week called for a change in the law to allow terminally ill patients to die with the assistance of medical professionals.

While guidance from the director of public prosecutions suggests that loved ones who end the lives of terminally ill adults should not be prosecuted. However, assistance from professionals remains prohibited.

Speaking on Friday, Baroness Jay of Paddington questioned whether it was sensible for parliament "to condone compassionate amateur assistance to die while prohibiting professional medical assistance which might be equally compassionate and more skilfully gentle".

A bill on assisted dying put forward by Labour's Lord Falconer proposes reforms to allow "safeguarded choice" for "mentally competent" terminally ill patients with six months to live. A Lords vote is expected on the bill in the next four months.

Assisted suicide 'a step closer to legality'

The government will not stand in the way of a change in the law on assisted dying, the Telegraph reports. Credit: Andrew James/Media Wales/PA Wire

Legislation allowing doctors to help terminally ill patients to die is to come before parliament in the next few months, the Telegraph reports.

The government said it will not block a change in the law, according to the newspaper, indicating Conservative and Liberal Democrat politicians could be given a free vote on the issue.

At present, anyone who helps another person kill themselves could face up to 14 years in prison.

However, new guidelines from the director of public prosecutions in 2010 indicated that loved ones "acting out of compassion" were unlikely to be charged.

However, medical professionals remain prohibited from assisting death.

Ukraine 'mustn't be a tug of war between Russia and EU'

Prime Minister David Cameron said the crisis in Ukraine should not be seen as a "tug of war between Ukraine and Russia."

David Cameron in Westminster today. Credit: ITV News

Speaking during PMQ's he said:

" I think it is important that this should not be seen as a tug of war between the EU and Russia. We should be in favour of the Ukrainian people being able to choose their own future.

"In my view this is as much about the Ukrainian people wanting to lean towards a better relationship with the EU as well as being able to get away from the appalling levels of corruption they've got in their government.

"I think it's right that the Foreign Secretary was the first to go to Kiev and meet with the leaders".


Miliband rejects letter from business bosses against 50p tax

Ed Miliband has dismissed the letter signed by 24 UK business leaders criticising Labour's 50p tax plan, which suggests the tax hike will threaten the recovery.

The leader of the Labour party claimed the 50p tax rate did not stop businesses investing when the higher rate was previously in place for three years (from 2010, when the Labour party created the 50% tax band for anyone earning £150,000 and above).

Hunt: Teachers should have same standing as lawyers

The "enormously important" role of teachers should be recognised, shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt has said, as Labour unveiled plans to issue licenses to teachers.

Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt Credit: PA

Mr Hunt told the BBC: "Just like lawyers and doctors they should have the same professional standing which means re-licensing themselves, which means continued professional development, which means being the best possible they can be.

"If you're not a motivated teacher - passionate about your subject, passionate about being in the classroom - then you shouldn't really be in this profession."

MOD: Budget cuts are 'tough by deliverable'

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that it has reached an agreement with the Treasury on its future budget.

A tough but deliverable settlement has been achieved that assists the Treasury's savings targets while protecting military manpower, capabilities and a fully funded but efficient equipment programme. Further genuine efficiencies have been found which has ensured there will be no reductions in military output as a result.

– Ministry of Defence Statement
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