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The presentation will introduce two major transportation policy statements on a Local Journeys Strategyand the Rights of Way Improvement Planrecently agreed by theLCR Combined Authority. Both are designed to make a deliver a more people-centred and partnership approach to placemaking across the Liverpool city region. There will be a look ahead to the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plancurrently in preparation.

with John Smith, Programme Development Officer at the LCR Combined Authority

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Historically there was no right of appeal in English law. While a civil appeal process developed from the 17th century, criminal appeals took longer to become an established part of our justice system. Parliament considered over 30 Bills on the question of a Court of Criminal Appeal in the 19th century. Its creation in 1907 was not met with universal applause; a leading criminal barrister of the time was unimpressed at the creation of an Appeal Court that could set aside verdicts based on his ‘daring rhetoric’. Since the Court of Criminal Appeals creation that year and its transformation into the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) following the Donovan Committee’s 1965 review, criminal appeals have become an integral part of our criminal process; integral to the fairness of that process. In this lecture Dame Heather Hallett, Vice-President of the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) considers the origins of the criminal appeal process, its operation today, and how it might evolve in the future.

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A talk by Northern Ireland Humanists Development Officer, Boyd Sleator.

Boyd will be discussing how part of the UK has been left behind when it comes to human rights and equality. Northern Ireland is probably the most conservative part of the UK, and even though it has a devolved government, that does not stop it being under jurisdiction of Westminster.

For the last 50 years, women in the rest of the UK have had access to abortion health care, yet today in Northern Ireland, women are still being prosecuted for obtaining abortion pills. Scotland, England, Wales and the Republic of Ireland have all allowed for same-sex couples to marry, yet in Northern Ireland, where the vast majority of people and most Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly are in favour of same-sex marriage, the conservative Christian politicians block it.

Boyd will talk about what Northern Ireland Humanists, with the help of Humanists UK, are doing to drag this small part of the UK into the 21st century.

Boyd Sleator has been fighting for reproductive rights, marriage equality and an end to religious privilege for around 10 years, the last 3 of those with Humanists UK. He was also the founding member of Atheist NI.

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The Network for the Interface of Classics and Politics is pleased to announce their launch with a public lecture by Philip Norton, Baron Norton on Louth.

Lord Norton is a world-leading authority on British constitutional affairs, and sits in the House of Lords as a Conservative peer. He is also a Professor of Government in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Hull.

Lord Norton will be speaking about the relationship between classical rhetorical theories and contemporary political actors. He will draw upon how ancient thinkers understood political discourse and how modern day politicians owe a debt of gratitude to their scholarship. The lecture will be chaired by the Network Co-Director, Dr David Jeffery.

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Why is it so difficult to stop eating the chocolates even though we’re full? A popular idea is that certain foods like chocolate are addictive and that “food addiction” explains why so many people are overweight.

But does food really have the same effects on the mind and body as hard drugs? Or is food addiction simply a myth or an excuse for over-eating?

Registration required.

View on merseysideskeptics.org.uk

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