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We learned in November that Parliament Square peace protester Brian Haw was taken into hospital on 23 September with breathing difficulties. Tests showed a tumour.

At the time of going to press, Brian was still in hospital awaiting further tests. The Parliament Square vigil which Brian started on 2 June 2001, continues. Brian says he “will be back and able to cry out again for those denied a voice”.

Meanwhile, the leader of the commons, George Young, said on 14 October that a new law would be considered in a forthcoming home office bill to put a stop to “the ongoing demonstration [in Parliament Square], centred on peace campaigner Brian Haw”.