It's Midnight (song)

"It's Midnight" is a 1974 song by Elvis Presley. It was written together by Billy Edd Wheeler. Elvis Presley recorded it during his December 10–16, 1973 recording sessions at Stax Records in Memphis; the session produced three more charting songs: "Promised Land", "If You Talk in Your Sleep" and "Help Me". The song was first released in October 1974 as a B-side to a cover of Chuck Berry's "Promised Land". For reasons unknown, initial releases of the song in the United Kingdom on the 45 rpm single RCA Victor PB 10074 retitled the track "It's Midnight and I Miss You." "Promised Land" rose to number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, while the two sides together and "It's Midnight" on its own charted on the Hot Country Singles chart. "It's Midnight" peaked on it at number 9 in January 1975. Billboard in its review of the album Promised Land picked "It's Midnight" as one of the best cuts on the album. * as "It's Midnight / Promised Land" ** as "It's Midnight" Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

2015 United Kingdom general election party spending investigation

The United Kingdom General Election 2015 – Party Spending Investigation was a probe involving the UK Electoral Commission, numerous police forces, the Crown Prosecution Service into spending by political parties and candidates during the 2015 general election campaign. This co-ordinated investigation has been described as'an unprecedented and extraordinary situation'. At national party level, the Electoral Commission fined the three largest parties for breaches of spending regulations, levying the highest fines since its foundation: £20,000 for Labour in October 2016, £20,000 for the Liberal Democrats in December 2016, £70,000 for the Conservative Party in March 2017; the higher fine for the Conservatives reflected both the extent of the wrongdoing and'the unreasonable uncooperative conduct by the Party'. At constituency level, related alleged breaches of spending regulations led police to begin investigations into possible criminal conduct of between 20 and 30 Conservative Party MPs. Charges were not brought against most of those investigated, but on 9 January 2019, a Conservative Party activist, Marion Little, was found guilty on two counts relating to falsifying election expenses and given a nine-month suspended sentence and £5000 fine.

Elections held in the UK are governed by the Political Parties and Referendums Act 2000 and spending on elections is governed under the Representation of the People Act 1983. Shortly before the election, the Government increased the amount of money that parties and candidates were allowed to spend on the election by 23%, against the advice of the Electoral Commission. From 18 February 2016 to 16 March 2017, the Electoral Commission investigated the Conservative party at national level for breaches of spending regulations in the 2014 parliamentary by-elections in Clacton and Rochester and Strood; the Commission was informed by an investigation by Channel 4 News, which revealed that the Conservative Party had spent many thousands of pounds centrally on'battlebuses' to transport activists, hotel accommodation for the activists, who went to campaign in marginal constituencies, finding that this expenditure might breach limits on election spending per constituency. On 12 May 2016, the Commission took the unprecedented step of launching court action to force the Conservative Party to release documents.

The Commission concluded that: The Party understated the value of the Party's spending on the by-election campaigns. The Party Treasurer, Simon Day,'failed to ensure that the Party's accounting records were sufficient to adequately show and explain the Party's transactions with the candidates and/or their agents' in the by-election campaigns; the Party's 2015 General Election spending return was not a complete statement of its campaign spending payments and failed to include all the required invoices and receipts. The Commission fined the Party £ 70,000; the Commission found that Simon Day may not have fulfilled his obligations under the Political Parties and Referendums Act 2000 and referred him for investigation to the Metropolitan Police Service. Claims of overspending in the 2014 elections came to light too late for police investigations due to a statute of limitations on such cases. However, the Commission found cause for concern that campaigns in some constituencies breached the Representation of the People Act 1983, could constitute criminal activity.

Publicised criminal investigations of individual MPs, other officials followed from the allegations. As well as the "battlebus" campaign, letters sent out in the name of David Cameron have been implicated.14 police forces referred cases to the Crown Prosecution Service for possible prosecution, concerning over 30 people. These forces were: Avon & Somerset, Derbyshire, Devon & Cornwall, Greater Manchester, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Staffordshire, West Mercia, West Midlands, West Yorkshire. Journalistic commentary noted. Defendants may be found guilty of merely'illegal practice' or the more serious'corrupt practice'. Anyone convicted would have a right to appeal. In June 2016, the journalist David Allen Green opined that'unless compelling evidence emerges of wrongful and dishonest intention – either on a personal level or as part of a conspiracy – it is hard to see any charges or criminal prosecutions in respect of the allegations as they stand'. However, according to The Independent,'in theory election results in individual seats could be declared invalid if laws are found to have been broken', this could lead to new by-elections.

No conviction would affect the legal standing of legislation passed with the involvement of convicted MPs. On 10 May 2017, the Crown Prosecution Service announced that it would press no charges in all cases, commenting that'to bring a charge, it must be proved that a suspect knew the return was inaccurate and acted dishonestly in signing the declaration. Although there is evidence to suggest the returns may have been inaccurate, there is insufficient evidence to prove to the criminal standard that any candidate or agent was dishonest'. However

Fundamental Agreement Between the Holy See and the State of Israel

The Fundamental Agreement between the Holy See and the State of Israel or "Fundamental Agreement" is a treaty or concordat between the Holy See and the State of Israel, signed on 30 December 1993. The Agreement deals with the property rights and tax exemptions of the Roman Catholic Church within Israeli territory, it did not resolve all issues, the parties continue to meet in an attempt to resolve the issues outstanding. The Fundamental Agreement is supplemented by an Additional Protocol signed on the same date, that details provisions related to the establishment of normal diplomatic ties between the Holy See and Israel; the Agreement and its Additional Protocol were ratified by the State of Israel on 20 February 1994, on the same date the Holy See was notified of such ratification. The Holy See, for its part, ratified the Agreement and its Protocol on 7 March 1994, the State of Israel was notified of such ratification on 10 March 1994. On that date, upon the completion of the exchange of diplomatic notices regarding the ratification of the treaty, it entered into force in international law.

However, the Israeli Knesset has not passed legislation to ratify the treaty in Israel's domestic law. As a result of the Agreement, diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Israel were established in 1994, with the Vatican appointing an apostolic nuncio to Israel and Israel appointing an ambassador to the Vatican. Zion Evrony was the Israeli ambassador to the Vatican from 30 September 2012 to 2016, he was followed by Oren David. Diplomatic relations between the two states were established after the signing of the agreement. Before 1993 alleged property seizures in East Jerusalem after the Six-Day War was an issue for the Vatican; the declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was of concern to the Vatican, inconsistent with the Vatican's plan for Jerusalem to be an "international city" under the influence of the Roman Catholic Church. On 10 November 1997, the Vatican and Israel entered into a “Legal Personality Agreement” pursuant to Article 3 of the Fundamental Agreement which provides: Concerning Catholic legal personality at canon law the Holy See and the State of Israel will negotiate on giving it full effect in Israeli law, following a report from a joint subcommission of experts.

Under the provision, Israel agreed ”to assure full effect in Israeli law to the legal personality of the Catholic Church” and all Catholic institutions operating in Israel. The agreement recognises the corporate status in law, instead of the previous de facto status, on the Catholic entities formed under Catholic canon law, without having to incorporate under Israeli law; the entities covered by the Agreement are: Catholic Church itself. The Agreement has still not been ratified by the Knesset. Taxes by Israel on church properties and income in Israel remains an issue for the Vatican; the change in rules by Israel relating to the easy grant of visas to Church personnel is an issue for the Vatican. The status of church properties and communities under Israeli domestic law remains unresolved; when the region was part of the Ottoman Empire and under the British Mandatory Administration, church properties enjoyed a special legal and tax status. Their status became unclear with the creation of the state of Israel.

The church property remains an issue for the Vatican, as the Catholic Church has extensive property holdings in Israel. In a paper on the first five years of the accord, Rabbi David Rosen, director of the American Jewish Committee's Department for Interreligious Affairs, stated that normalizing the legal standing of church personnel and institutions is a complex matter. Rosen wrote: The Holy See would have liked to have been considered as an extra territorial entity, enjoying the same privileges granted to foreign delegations and their properties. There was no way that Israel was going to grant such status not for a community overwhelmingly made up of Israeli citizens. Moreover, aside from the principle, to have done so for the Catholic community without doing so for other Christian denominations would have posed substantial difficulties for Israel; the Israel-Vatican Working Commission was convened in Jerusalem on 30 April 2009 to try to resolve economic issues with the forthcoming visit of Benedict XVI to the Middle East in mind.

The Commission could not reach agreement and met again in the Vatican on 10 December 2009. A further meeting was held on 20 May 2010. After another meeting, held on 21 September 2010, more progress was reported; the next meeting took place on 6 December 2010, yet another on 14 June 2011. A further meeting was scheduled for 1 December 2011 but was convened, in Israel, only on 26 January 2012; some progress was reported at a meeting held on 12 June 2012. The Working Commission met on 29 January 2013. Another meeting was held on 5 June 2013. Another meeting was held on 11 February 2014 in Jerusalem, the next meeting was s