Hanningfield acquitted of expenses fraud after parliament intervenes with court – The Guardian

‘Former Tory peer accused of submitting false expenses has been formally acquitted after parliament made an unexpected intervention in the case. Lord Hanningfield, who served a jail sentence for expenses fraud in 2011, was accused in Southwark crown court of claiming around £3,300 in House of Lords allowances in July 2013 to which he was not entitled.’

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The Guardian, 18th July 2016

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‘Should Vote Leave be prosecuted over its referendum propaganda?’ – Church Court Chambers

‘On 23 June 2016 over 33 million people voted in the EU referendum. Since that date there has been widespread anger from those who believe that the organisation ‘Vote Leave’ misled members of the public. Vote Leave is said to have done so by promoting two claims. First, that the UK sends £350 million to the European Union every week and this money would be spent on the National Health Service if the UK voted to leave the European Union. Second, that remaining in the European Union would lead to unrestricted immigration.’

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Church Court Chambers, 7th July 2016

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Mike Ashley: Could Sports Direct boss be jailed in Big Ben? – BBC News

‘Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley has been warned he could be in contempt of Parliament if he continues to refuse to appear in front of a committee of MPs. It sounds serious – but what could actually happen to him?’

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BBC News, 16th March 2016

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Tom Watson to issue written apology to Leon Brittan’s widow – The Guardian

Posted November 20th, 2015 in news, parliamentary privilege, select committees, sexual offences by tracey

‘Tom Watson has said he will write to the widow of Leon Brittan to apologise directly after he was criticised by MPs for repeating a claim that he was “as close to evil as any human could get” in connection with sex abuse allegations against the Conservative peer.’

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The Guardian, 20th November 2015

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Alexander Horne: Evidence under oath, perjury and parliamentary privilege – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘The issue of select committee powers has received renewed interest during the 2010-15 Parliament, culminating in a report from Liaison Committee on Select committee effectiveness, resources and powers (in October 2012); and, subsequently, a report by the Joint Committee on Parliamentary Privilege in July 2013 (and a Government response later that year).’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 29th January 2015

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European court rejects Geoff Hoon’s human rights complaint – BBC News

Posted December 5th, 2014 in human rights, lobbying, news, parliamentary privilege by sally

‘A parliamentary investigation into the conduct of the former Labour MP Geoff Hoon was justified, according to the European Court of Human Rights.’

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BBC News, 4th December 2014

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Phone hacking trial: a lesson for future high profile cases – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted June 27th, 2014 in interception, news, parliamentary privilege, sub judice by tracey

‘David Cameron has been rebuked by Mr Justice Saunders for comments made about Andy Coulson whilst the jury in the “phone hacking” case were still in deliberation over two remaining charges. Cameron apologised to the House of Commons in “full and frank” terms for hiring Coulson in 2007, who he said had given false assurances about his involvement in phone hacking.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 26th June 2014

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Alexander Horne and Oonagh Gay: Ending the Hamilton Affair? – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘Article 9 of the Bill of Rights 1689 has been the subject of a variety of legal challenges. The Article, which provides (in modern parlance) that: “the freedom of speech and debates or proceedings in Parliament ought not to be impeached or questioned in any court or place out of Parliament” is usually considered to be a fundamental feature of the constitution and a cornerstone of parliamentary privilege.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 21st May 2014

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The Not Entirely Secret Diary of Mr Lansley – Panopticon

‘What considerations are relevant when deciding whether a Ministerial diary should be disclosed under FOIA? The decision of the First-tier Tribunal in Department of Health v Information Commissioner EA/2013/0087 is, perhaps surprisingly, the first Tribunal decision to address this issue. The judgment engages with a number of difficult issues: the Tribunal’s approach to Government evidence, the value of cross-examination in Tribunal hearings, aggregation of public interests under FOIA, and Parliamentary privilege. Hence it is of general importance, going beyond the intrinsic interest of its specific subject matter.’

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Panopticon, 18th March 2014

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Makudi v Baron Triesman of Tottenham – WLR Daily

Posted February 28th, 2014 in defamation, law reports, parliamentary privilege, privilege, public interest by sally

Makudi v Baron Triesman of Tottenham [2014] EWCA Civ 179; [2014] WLR (D) 98

‘Where a claim in defamation was brought against the defendant for repeating at an extra-parliamentary inquiry his evidence before a parliamentary committee, he was immune from the claim, by virtue of article 9 of the Bill of Rights 1689, because of the public interest in the evidence and the close nexus between the evidence on the two occasions.’

WLR Daily, 26th February 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Paying the price for speaking freely about FIFA – the Triesman libel proceedings – Sports Law Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

‘The Court of Appeal will soon be delivering judgment in a high-profile clash between the head of Thailand’s football federation, Dato Worawi Makudi, and Lord Triesman, the former chairman of the FA, which raises an issue of high constitutional importance.’

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Sports Law Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 9th December 2013

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Should parliament give itself more powers? – The Guardian

“Should parliament give itself more powers? That’s the intriguing question posed by a paper to be published next week by the Constitution Society, an educational charity established five years ago.”

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The Guardian, 2nd May 2013

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Hearing Denis MacShane’s expenses letters in court ‘would breach his rights’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 7th, 2012 in expenses, fraud, human rights, news, parliamentary privilege, professional conduct by sally

“Denis MacShane’s letters admitting expenses abuses cannot be used against him in court because it would breach his rights as an MP, parliament’s standards watchdog has said.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th November 2012

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Parliament and the judiciary – Speech by the Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC MP

Posted October 29th, 2012 in human rights, judiciary, parliament, parliamentary privilege, speeches by sally

Parliament and the judiciary

Speech by the Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC MP

BPP Law School, 25th October 2012

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

Ministers consider changes to parliamentary privilege law – BBC News

Posted April 26th, 2012 in consultations, legislation, news, parliamentary privilege by sally

“Legal protections enjoyed by MPs are being reviewed and may need to change, the government has said.”

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BBC News, 26th April 2012

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Privacy injunctions to get clean bill of health from parliament – The Guardian

Posted March 26th, 2012 in injunctions, media, news, parliamentary privilege, privacy, public interest by sally

“High court privacy injunctions have been given a clean bill of health by a special committee of MPs and peers which were set up in the fallout of the Ryan Giggs gagging order.”

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The Guardian, 23rd March 2012

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Freedom to report on Parliament is not set in stone, warns Attorney General – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 2nd, 2011 in freedom of expression, media, news, parliamentary privilege by tracey

“Journalists could be prosecuted for reporting what is said in parliament, the Government’s top law officer warned on Thursday, putting a 170-year tradition in jeopardy.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st December 2011

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Carter-Ruck’s take on the Trafigura story: who guards the Guardian? – Legal Week

“In the last three years The Guardian has published over 200 articles relating to Trafigura, the vast majority of which have referred to the ‘super-injunction’ which the company obtained against the newspaper and to Carter-Ruck’s apparent attempts to gag the reporting of Parliament. Despite this saturation coverage, some questions remain unanswered.”

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Legal Week, 17th October 2011

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Injunction remains, High Court rules – The Guardian

“The High Court has rejected a third attempt to lift an injunction preventing journalists from naming a married footballer who is alleged to have had an extra-marital affair with Imogen Thomas, a former reality television contestant.”

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The Guardian, 23rd May 2011

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Judges challenge use of parliamentary privilege – The Guardian

Posted May 23rd, 2011 in injunctions, news, parliamentary privilege, privacy by sally

“The most senior judges in England and Wales veered towards confrontation with parliament on Friday when they challenged the media over reporting statements made by MPs and peers to prise open privacy-protecting injunctions.”

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The Guardian, 21st May 2011

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