Manchester Pride will be going ahead with an in-person event this year, its organisers have confirmed.
The annual LGBT+ festival, which is held over the August bank holiday and involves a concert and a parade through the streets of Manchester, is one of the biggest Pride events in the UK.
The charity behind Manchester Pride said there are plans to switch to a socially-distanced and digital back-up event if an in-person festival is not possible.
Mark Fletcher, chief executive of Manchester Pride, said:
Our team has been working incredibly hard behind the scenes on a range of plans for this celebration of LGBTQ+ life in Greater Manchester.
We can’t predict the future and we know that we could find ourselves in a situation in the coming months where we are unable to deliver an in-person festival.
Should this be the case, we are prepared and we will revert to our secondary plans that would see us host an exciting, innovative celebration incorporating socially distanced events and digital elements.
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There are plenty of times when the government acts unlawfully, the justice secretary has admitted, but “getting something wrong is not the same as deliberately flouting the law”.
What matters, said Robert Buckland, is that the government doesn’t break the same law twice.
Last week, the health secretary, Matt Hancock, was found by a high court judge to have acted unlawfully by failing to publish multibillion-pound Covid-19 government contracts within the 30-day period required by law.
The judge, Mr Justice Chamberlain, ruled the failure to do so breached the “vital public function” of transparency over how “vast quantities” of taxpayers’ money was spent.
But Buckland has now said that the key thing is that Hancock got something wrong rather than deliberately breaching the law.
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The rights of children and vulnerable people in police custody are being put at risk during the pandemic by problems with the remote provision of legal advice, according to a report by charities in England and Wales.
While suspects here normally have a right to a lawyer being present during police interviews, research shows that legal support was provided remotely to children and vulnerable adults in more than half of 4,700 police station interviews during a snapshot period last year.
Charities say the potential for miscarriages of justices is being stored up as a result of issues such as confusion among interviewees who sometimes felt pressured to agree to getting advice remotely. They say consent was sometimes ignored or not sought.
Some solicitors refused to attend in person even though the child or mentally vulnerable client was accused of a serious crime such as attempted murder or rape.
The findings come in a report by three charities – Fair Trials, Transform Justice and the National Appropriate Adult Network – which are calling for an end to remote legal assistance in police custody. (Read on )
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