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02 MAR 2012

National Secular Society's challenge to saying of prayers is a matter of construction

The National Secular Society has won a judicial review challenge to Bideford Town Council’s practise of saying prayers at the beginning of council meetings. Prayers were always the first item on the agenda and one of the councillors, Clive Bone, is an ardent secularist and did not want to participate in any religious activities. The National Secular Society took up Mr Bone’s cause and proceeded to judicially review the saying of prayers, the case turning on whether Bideford Town Council had the power to include the saying of prayers within the terms of section 111 of the Local Government Act 1972.

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