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Where are they now? Peter Hain, blasphemy law

The Guardian today brings two updates on stories I have previously covered:

1. Peter Hain’s little problem¬†with undeclared donations has now hit ¬£100,000: “It is understood that there are almost 20 donations that his team failed to declare, in breach of the rules for party political elections. The scale of the under-reporting – more than half the total income received by the Hain campaign – will shock many party members and raise questions as to how such a massive apparent oversight occurred.”

2. And the latest on the blasphemy law: “The Church of England gave a cautious welcome last night to the government’s pledge to consult it before taking a final decision on repealing the ancient offence of blasphemy. Downing Street’s announcement that it is consulting the churches, particularly the Anglican church, before scrapping the offence came only hours before a Commons vote on the issue.”

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