Archive for the 'parliamentary privilege' Category

Fred Goodwin’s superinjunction text to be studied by MPs – The Guardian

“The text of the superinjunction obtained by the banker Sir Fred Goodwin has been handed to the Treasury select committee so that MPs can examine whether it raises public interest issues.”

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The Guardian, 27th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

New gagging orders stretch right into the heart of parliament – The Guardian

“The revelation by the Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming of a new breed of ‘hyperinjunction’, which forbids the recipient talking about it to MPs, is one of the most disturbing developments in the contest between legitimate privacy and the need for open justice.”

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The Guardian, 3rd April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Hyper-injunction’ stops you talking to MP – Daily Telegraph

“Voters are being barred from speaking to their MPs under a new generation of gagging orders known as hyper-injunctions, the House of Commons has been told.”

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Daily Telegraph, 21st March 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Sir Fred Goodwin, RBS chief, takes out gagging order – Daily Telegraph

“The existence of the injunction was revealed by John Hemming, a back-bench Liberal Democrat MP, during a business debate in the House of Commons yesterday morning. His comments are protected by parliamentary privilege, which means he cannot face court proceedings for revealing the injunction’s existence.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th March 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Regina v Chaytor and others – WLR Daily

Regina v Chaytor and others [2010] UKSC 52; [2010] WLR (D) 311

“Parliamentary privilege did not pose any bar to the prosecution of defendants charged with false accounting who, while serving Members of Parliament, made claims for expenses and allowances to the Fees Office of the House of Commons.”

WLR Daily, 2nd December 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Boob Job cream manufacturer ‘using libel laws to silence critics’ – The Guardian

“The company that produces Boob Job cream has been accused of being a ‘charlatan and a bully’ for using libel laws to silence a plastic surgeon who criticised its product.”

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The Guardian, 2nd December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

MPs’ expenses: Judge explains privilege ruling – BBC News

“Supreme Court President Lord Phillips has said parliamentary privilege does not protect MPs from being prosecuted for ‘ordinary crimes’.”

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BBC News, 1st December 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Supreme Court ruling to see former MPs stand trial over expenses claims – The Lawyer

“The Supreme Court has ruled that three former Labour MPs must face a criminal trial over their expenses claims.”

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The Lawyer, 10th November 2010

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Ruling due on ‘parliamentary privilege’ expenses appeal – BBC News

“Three former Labour MPs will learn later whether they will face criminal trials over their expenses claims.”

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BBC News, 10th November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

MPs’ expenses case to be heard by Supreme Court – Daily Telegraph

“Three former Labour MPs facing criminal trials over expenses-fiddling allegations have been cleared to go to the Supreme Court in their bid to have the charges thrown out.”

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Daily Telegraph, 14th September 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Regina v Chaytor and others – WLR Daily

Regina v Chaytor and others; 2010] EWCA Crim 1910; [2010] WLR (D) 218

“Parliamentary privilege or immunity from criminal prosecution did not attach, and never had attached, to ordinary criminal activities by members of Parliament.”

WLR Daily, 2nd  August 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Expenses: Court denies accused defence of parliamentary privilege – The Guardian

“Three former Labour MPs and a Tory peer accused of fiddling their expenses face criminal trials after the court of appeal ruled that parliamentary privilege did not protect them from prosecution.”

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The Guardian, 30th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ex-Labour MPs and Tory peer lose expenses appeals – BBC News

“Three former Labour MPs and an ex-Tory peer facing expenses fraud allegations have lost appeals over a ruling that they are not protected by parliamentary privilege from prosecution.”

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BBC News, 30th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

‘Torture’ man wins appeal right – BBC News

“A Briton who says he was tortured in Pakistan with the complicity of UK security services has won the right to appeal against his terror convictions.”

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BBC News, 30th June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Ex-MPs and peer on expenses charges ‘not above the law’ – The Independent

“An appeal brought by three former Labour MPs and a Tory peer facing trial over allegations that they fiddled their expenses was not an attempt to ‘take them above the law’, three of the country’s top judges heard today.”

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The Independent, 29th June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Ex Labour MPs and Tory peer lose expenses ruling – BBC News

Three former MPs and a peer are set to stand trial over expenses fraud allegations after a judge ruled they could not claim parliamentary privilege to stop prosecution.”

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BBC News, 11th June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Law firm ‘in contempt’ over MP legal threat – The Independent

“A leading law firm has been found ‘in contempt’ of the Commons after threatening an MP with legal proceedings if he made allegations about one of its clients in the House.”

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The Independent, 25th February 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

The Big Question: What is parliamentary privilege, and is it being abused? – The Independent

“Why are we asking this now?

Three Labour MPs, Elliot Morley, David Chaytor, Jim Devine and a Tory peer, Lord Hanningfield, have been charged with false accounting over their expenses claims. They deny the offences and are trying to avoid a criminal trial by invoking the 1689 Bill of Rights which gives force to parliamentary privilege. This is the privilege which stops MPs and peers from being sued for defamation.”

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The Independent, 9th February 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Statement from Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, on parliamentary expenses charging decisions – Crown Prosecution Service

“Following widespread concerns about the expenses claimed by some MPs and some members of the House of Lords, a number of complaints were made to the Metropolitan Police alleging criminal conduct. In light of these complaints on 15 May 2009, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Paul Stephenson, and I agreed to set up a panel of senior police officers and senior prosecuting lawyers to assess the complaints and consider whether there should be a criminal investigation into any of them.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 5th February 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

MPs to investigate solicitors’ ‘contempt of parliament’ – The Guardian

“MPs today agreed to investigate an allegation that a firm of solicitors committed a contempt of parliament by trying to stop a member speaking about a constituency issue in the House of Commons.”

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The Guardian, 14th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

MPs invoke 1689 Bill to avoid prosecution – The Independent

“Three labour MPs are arguing they cannot be prosecuted over expenses claims because they are protected by parliamentary privilege.”

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The Independent, 4th January 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Parliamentary Standards Act 2009

Parliamentary Standards Act 2009 published

Full text of Act (PDF)

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

Expenses clean-up bill is passed – BBC News

“A bill aimed at cleaning up Parliament after the MPs’ expenses scandal has become law after getting Royal Assent.”

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BBC News, 22nd July 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Blow to politics clean-up bill as MPs defend parliamentary privilege – The Guardian

“The government’s efforts to rush through emergency legislation to clean up politics tonight took a second knock in as many days as it was defeated in its attempts to make it easier to secure prosecutions in alleged cases of ‘cash for questions’.”

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The Guardian, 1st July 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Brown gets tough in Parliament clean-up – The Independent

“Legislation is to be rushed through Parliament to end Westminster’s system of self-regulation and impose a new code of conduct on MPs in the wake of the expenses scandal, Gordon Brown announced today.”

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The Independent, 10th June 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Police called in over leaks as more MPs accused – The Times

“MPs defied their own legal advice last night and asked the police to investigate how expenses details had been offered for sale to newspapers.”

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The Times, 9th May 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Damian Green leaks civil servant sacked – The Guardian

“Christopher Galley dismissed as junior Home Office civil servant for passing information to Tory Damian Green.”

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The Guardian, 24th April 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Leak files may be used in court – BBC News

“MPs cannot stop prosecutors in the Home Office leaks case using documents seized from Tory frontbencher Damian Green, the attorney general has warned.”

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BBC News, 7th April 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Curistan v Times Newspapers Ltd. – Times Law Reports

Privilege survives extra material

Curistan v. Times Newspapers Ltd. 

Queen’s Bench Division

“Where extraneous non-privileged material was contained in an article or report which also contained a report of parliamentary proceedings, that privilege which attached to fair and accurate reports of parliamentary proceedings was not necessarily lost.”

The Times, 10th May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Sunday Times protected by Parliamentary privilege, says High Court – OUT-LAW.com

“The Sunday Times did not libel a man accused of ‘association with the IRA’s dirty money’ in an investigation into his business interests, the High Court ruled on Wednesday.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 27th April 2007

Source: www.out-law.com


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