Former MP demands name of local authority

January 11, 2016 2 comments

family life

Former MP John Hemming has criticised the family court’s refusal to name a local authority which breached a father’s rights. The man’s four year-old daughter had been living with her mother after her parents separated, but was taken into foster care amid concerns from the local authority that she was being neglected. However, they did…

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Adoption: a look at the statistics by John Hemming

August 19, 2015 14 comments

fostering and adoption

In this special feature, former Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming explores the facts and figures behind national adoption statistics. The Council of Europe is an international organisation which works to promote human rights and the rule of law across its 47 member states, which include the UK. It recently agreed and published a report looking at…

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MP advises families to move abroad

January 14, 2014 2 comments

Parents who face losing their children in family court proceedings should leave the country, Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming has suggested. Speaking on BBC Panorama, the sometimes controversial MP said he had been in touch with hundreds of parents who had been taken to court after being suspected of harming their children. He claimed: “All…

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Mumsnet suspends MP after debate on Caesarean case

January 3, 2014 9 comments

Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming has been suspended from parenting website Mumsnet after becoming embroiled in an online discussion about a controversial recent care case. Re AA concerned an Italian woman whose baby was taken into care following a Caesarean section. The colourful MP  posted a transcript of proceedings in an Italian court relating to…

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Adoption agency criticised for newspaper advertising

December 10, 2013 2 comments

An independent adoption agency has been criticised for advertising children in a newspaper. AdoptionPlus placed full page advertisements in Cambridgeshire newspapers highlighted real children available for adoption, the Telegraph reports. The ads featured two boys, a four year-old and a three year-old, telling potential adopters: “You don’t have to have had children; you don’t need…

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