Police reform bill progresses in Westminster

John Laird has got his policing bill through a second reading the House of Lords with the clause getting rid of the 50/50 Catholic/Others recruitment policy for the PSNI. It returns for a third reading after Easter and will then have to run the gauntlet of the Commons, where he hopes he can muster sufficient anti Government support to get it into legislation.

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