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UK news in brief

18 January 2013


Calming: a detail from Jake Lever's large triptychBreathing Space, now in Birmingham Cathedral. The giant image of a hand seeks to "offer calm to stressed souls"

Calming: a detail from Jake Lever's large triptychBreathing Space, now in Birmingham Cathedral. The giant image of a hand seeks to "offer calm to st...

Government allows amendment of 1986 Act

THE Home Secretary, Theresa May, said on Monday that the Government was "not minded to challenge the amendment made" by the House of Lords to Section 5 of 1986 Public Order Act, so that it no longer criminalises insults (News, 14 December). Mrs May told MPs: "I respect the review taken by their Lordships. They had concerns, which I know are shared by some in this House, that Section 5 encroaches upon freedom of expression."

Dr Sentamu supports children's heart-surgery unit

THE Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, said last week that the proposed closure of the paediatric heart-unit at Leeds General Infirmary would have "a devastating effect on so many people". The proposal is currently subject to an independent review. Dr Sentamu said that he had raised his concerns with government ministers.

Church in Wales enlists help from experts

A GROUP set up to review the recommendations made for the Church in Wales last July ( News, 27 July) will include churchgoing professionals who have backgrounds in business, public relations, or marketing. Helen Biggin, director of the Welsh NHS Confederation, who chairs the group, said that it had made some "radical and challenging recommendations, which offer great opportunities".

It's all in the clue, says Araucaria

THE crossword setter the Revd John Graham, known as Araucaria, who contributes to The Guardian, has announced in a crossword puzzle that he has terminal cancer. Mr Graham, who is 91, said: "It seemed the most natural thing to do". The clue read: "Araucaria has 18 down of the 19 which is being treated with 13 15": 13 and 15 were "palliative" and "care". He said that he was pleased that his doctors had decided against surgery or chemotherapy.

Marriage Care appoints new CEO

THE Christian charity Marriage Care has appointed Mark Molden as its new chief executive. He will succeed the outgoing CEO, Terry Prendergast. Mr Molden, who took up the position on Monday, was formerly at Care for the Family, where he was chief executive.

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