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Britain restricts free legal help for foreigners

Foreigners will be banned from claiming free legal representation in civil cases until they have lived in Britain for at least one year, the justice minister revealed Sunday. Some migrants were using the legal aid system to settle child custody cases despite being in Britain for "extraordinarily short periods of time", Justice Secretary Chris Grayling told The Sunday Telegraph newspaper. "It's not about denying people access to justice... it's about achieving the right balance for what you can afford," he told the weekly.

Opponents attack British plans for gay marriage

Opponents of British Prime Minister David Cameron's bid to push through legislation allowing gay marriage attacked the bill on Tuesday ahead of a vote in parliament. Cameron has championed the drive to allow same-sex couples to marry in England and Wales but faces the embarrassing prospect of seeing half his party's lawmakers opposing him in the vote which has created bitter divisions. While the prime minister faces an uncomfortable evening, the outcome of the vote is not in question because the draft legislation has overwhelming support from the opposition Labour Party.

British parliament to vote on gay marriage

British Prime Minister David Cameron's cabinet allies launched a last-minute push to persuade their Conservative Party colleagues to back his plans for gay marriage at a vote in parliament Tuesday. Cameron has championed the drive to allow same-sex couples to marry but faces the potential embarrassment of seeing half his party's lawmakers opposing him in the vote. While the prime minister faces an uncomfortable evening, the outcome of the vote is not in question because the draft legislation has overwhelming support from the opposition Labour Party.
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