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High Court rules Michael Gove broke the law by giving a contract to a communications agency run by long time associates of him and Dominic Cummings.

The Court found that the decision to award the £560,000 contract to Public First was tainted by “apparent bias” and was unlawful.

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This bullying could be criminal – and we have written to the PM

Following revelations of bullying from several MPs, lawyers for Good Law Project have written to the Prime Minister and Michael Gove threatening judicial review proceedings for misusing Ministerial powers – and pointing out that the...

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Met Police Partygate: Justice must be seen to be done

When we received the Met’s formal pre-action response to our judicial review claim, over its failure to apply the same criminal law to the Prime Minister as it applies to others, they told us not...

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The Nationality and Borders Bill is racist – we want Government to think again

Today, we are publishing advice about the extension to the powers to strip Britons of their citizenship in the Nationality and Borders Bill. The advice was commissioned from some of the country’s leading immigration barristers,...

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We plan to ask the Supreme Court to hear an appeal

We haven’t lost a case in court since 2019. But you can’t win everything forever – especially when you fight the most difficult cases in the most difficult terrain. Our win in the High Court in...

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No more threats – Government commits to cleaning up its act

Following numerous reports that Tory MPs were being threatened with funding cuts if they didn’t toe the party line in Commons votes, Good Law Project wrote to the Government asking for answers. Hard-up communities can’t...

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The Met keeps the door open for an investigation into Downing Street’s parties

We wrote to the Met yesterday after media reports that they had decided not to investigate the notorious 20 May 2020 No 10 garden party, which was attended by the Prime Minister. We have now...

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The Met can’t keep turning a blind eye

Reports differ about the stance of the Metropolitan Police towards the notorious ‘Bring Your Own Booze Party’ held on the 20 May. There are reports the Met has already decided not to investigate whether a...

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Update: Solihull Council agrees not to prosecute Covid-vulnerable family

Back in November, we told you about a Covid-vulnerable family living in Solihull, in the West Midlands. Mum-of-three Mrs Brooks lives with a serious medical condition and takes immunosuppressant drugs to treat it, while her...

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BREAKING: High Court finds Government PPE ‘VIP’ lane for politically connected suppliers ‘unlawful’

Over a year of hard work has paid off today. The High Court has ruled that the Government’s operation of a fast-track VIP lane for awarding lucrative PPE contracts to those with political connections was...

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Pork barrel politics: an update

Despite receiving permission from the Administrative Court to bring our pork barrel politics judicial review, and an order to have it heard on an expedited basis, we have somewhat reluctantly decided to withdraw our application. The...

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The Met Police’s response raises more questions than it answers about No 10’s Christmas parties

Before Christmas, we wrote to the Metropolitan Police asking them to explain or reverse their refusal to investigate the unlawful parties alleged to have taken place at No 10 Downing Street in December 2020.  We’ve now...

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We’re hiring: Partnerships Manager

Partnerships Manager Deadline for applications: 11PM 24 January 2022 We are now looking for a Partnerships Manager. You will report to the Director of Partnerships. You can see how the role fits into the current Good Law Project...

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2021: Four Highlights

It’s been quite a year, hasn’t it? Here’s how, together, we’ve held the Government to account in 2021: We exposed Boris Johnson misleading Parliament Back in March, a Court Order showed the Prime Minister had misled Parliament...

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The Tribunal agreed: We will have a full hearing on the LGB Alliance’s charity status

The Tribunal has agreed to hear our arguments as to why the LGB so-called Alliance (LGBA) should not have been given charitable status and why their activities are not those of a charity. This means Mermaids,...

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Update: We’ve filed for judicial review in our trans healthcare case

Back in October, we told you we were preparing to issue proceedings against NHS England over its long-standing, lengthy and unlawful delays to meeting trans people’s healthcare needs.  Less than two months later, we are now...

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New Charity Commission Chair is ‘close friend’ of PM who left charity over inappropriate behaviour

When the Government announced that Martin Thomas was their preferred candidate for the new Chair of the Charity Commission, many people in the charity sector breathed a sigh of relief. This may have been premature.  Mr...

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NEW: Met Police refusing to investigate No 10 gatherings likely to be unlawful

A week since shocking stories first emerged of illegal gatherings in and around No 10 and still the Met Police won’t investigate. Would they be as shy had you or I broken the law? Look...

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Exposing the Immensa testing scandal: update

The Omicron variant is creating another season of Christmas chaos and a country-wide shortage of PCR testing has once again revealed shortcomings in the Government’s Covid-19 response. Amid this, our work to address the failings at...

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The chumocracy gets its day in court

Our Judicial Review with the UK’s leading race equality charity Runnymede Trust over the Government’s practice of handing out important roles to their friends, without fair or open competition, reached the High Court this week.  Our...

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Revealed: Government bullied safety watchdog over PPE supplied by ‘VIPs’

PPE supplied by high profile VIPs has repeatedly been cleared for use by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), overruling concerns of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) that it is not fit...

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Challenging nepotism: a necessary step for equality and levelling up

Guest blog by Dr Halima Begum, Chief Executive of The Runnymede Trust This week, the High Court will hear Judicial Review proceedings brought by the Runnymede Trust and Good Law Project. Our application represents a challenge...

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Right the wrongs: make the Windrush Compensation Scheme independent

Guest blog by Windrush Lives, an advocacy group and support network led by victims of the Windrush scandal. When the Second World War ended, Britain faced a labour shortage, including in critical sectors like construction, engineering...

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Update: Education Secretary (finally) tells schools how to treat absences for clinically vulnerable children

After repeated pushes and further threats of legal action, the Education Secretary has confirmed to schools that his hardline approach to attendance does not prevent them from authorising absences for children from clinically vulnerable families. After...

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Our court wins in 2021

Earlier this week, Dan Hodges, Commentator at the Mail on Sunday, emailed our press team to ask for a list of our court wins this year, after our director Jo Maugham replied to his tweet...

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Why should they be subject to different rules to the rest of us?

In the very building where the rules were being made, they were being broken. No 10 advisors were reportedly having parties. Those closest to Boris Johnson laughed as they practiced how to lie to us...

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We still want permission to protect children in care – we’re asking the Court to reconsider

Good Law Project is calling on the High Court to reconsider its refusal to permit a judicial review of local authority policies that routinely house vulnerable children in for-profit care homes far from where they...

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Update: Education Secretary says absences for clinically vulnerable children are allowed

Earlier this week, we wrote to Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi about the mixed messages he’s been giving schools about whether clinically vulnerable children are allowed to learn from home while Covid-19 rages on. In the...

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We’re recruiting: Director of Partnerships (maternity cover)

The deadline to apply for this position has now closed. We are currently reviewing applications and will be in touch with successful candidates regarding the next stage. We received a large number of applications for...

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Clinically vulnerable families: Government is giving mixed messages about school absence

With a barrage of mixed messages from Government, it’s no wonder that clinically vulnerable families who wish to keep their children home from school until they are better protected from Covid are still facing obstacles.   In...

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Government is ramping up its costs

Government has hit us with a shock legal bill in our challenge with Runnymede over their appointment of Conservative Peer Dido Harding and her ex-colleague Mike Coupe to run the disastrous Test and Trace programme...

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We’re continuing to fight for justice for Dylan Lee

At the inquest into Dylan Lee’s death in August, the Coroner decided it wasn’t in his remit to consider whether years of alleged racial harassment, and failures by local police to respond to this, could...

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Government is acting like a mobster to its own MPs

It’s not much fun being a Tory backbench MP at the moment. Just when you think things couldn’t get any seedier, No 10 is reportedly threatening to withdraw funding for their constituencies if they don’t...

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