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Super injunctions/privacy law

Asked what the Prime Minister’s response was to the Master of Rolls’ report on super injunctions, in particular his point about MPs flouting court injunctions by using Parliamentary privilege, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said that it was important to find the right balance between individuals’ rights to privacy on the one hand, and the right to freedom of expression on the other. The report being published today was very useful and we would consider it carefully.

The PMS went on to say that on the issue of Parliamentary privilege the report did not make any recommendations for changes to take place, but that it had looked at the issue and they would be talking to the Speaker of the House Commons and the Lords Speaker.

Asked if the Prime Minister shared the Master of Rolls’ concerns expressed during his press conference about MPs using Parliamentary privilege to flout court injunctions, the PMS said that he had not heard the Master of Rolls’ exact comments but the report did not make any recommendations on the principle of Parliamentary privilege as it would not be the committee’s role to do that.

Put that the Master of Rolls seemed to be saying in his press conference this morning that action could be taken against peers who flout court injunctions, the PMS said that the report stated that Article 9 of the Bill of Rights 1689 recognised and enshrined a longstanding privilege of Parliament’s freedom of speech and debate. It was an absolute privilege and of the highest constitutional importance. Any attempts by the courts to go beyond that constitutional boundary would be unconstitutional.

Put that the Master of Rolls had also attacked the role of the media at his press conference, the PMS referred to the report which said that media reporting of what was said in Parliament was only protected if it was a summary of Hansard published in good faith. This is something we would consider, along with the rest of the report.

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  1. To Honourable Elected Members of Parliament,

    I would like to comment on today’s revelations in the press regarding
    comments from today’s long awaited enquiry into injunctions.

    It is the right of the people in the United Kingdom to speak with
    members of parliament freely and without fear of any Judicial
    dictatorship preventing this from happening.

    As an elected member of Parliament Parliamentary privilege is a right
    of elected members of parliament to disclose to parliament any
    miscarriages of justice or any wrongdoings you see fit to bring to
    parliaments attention, again without fear.

    It has been reported a member of parliament may be in contempt of
    court for doing so. I am aghast at the thought of selected Judges
    running the United Kingdom and bypassing elected members who are
    serving the people, it,s bad enough when this happens to
    whisleblowers, you may think as a member of parliament there are laws
    for protection of whistleblowers,

    Well think again a judge without evidence and listening to evidence
    from only one party can make a decision in secret to place an
    injunction against the whistleblower.

    I place a scenario to you! consider more options. there are many available.

    A lawyer asks a judge in secret chambers etc he says he has a client who
    has broken the law ( murder for example ), ( or take your pick on anything
    that a client has done which is illegal, ) and the lawyer wants an
    injunction to prevent anyone finding out about his clients law breaking!!!

    Normal people would say a judge wont give out an injunction, but how
    do you know?

    Consider any Judge is elected into position to uphold the law without
    favour and make judgement open justice, this is for a reason,

    Without transparency a judge could have already granted such an
    injunction as above protecting a person who has committed murder, I
    can suggest this as injunctions are everywhere now.”

    Well what about corporates who break the law and hide behind Hyper
    injunctions, without police and regulators having access to
    investigate wrongdoings the judiciary are now involved in a conspiracy
    with the corporate to cloak events , these judges should be brought to
    account by parliament, no corporate power should hide behind

    As members of parliament you are one of 650 who hold the balance of
    democracy in this country, we have the right to speak with members of
    parliament without fear, and members of parliament have the right to
    free speech without fear in parliament.

    I ask you all to rise up and protect our freedom, demand The Prime
    Minister to act. Do not let the Judiciary wipe out centuries of
    parliamentary and peoples rights.

    I declare I have a vested interest in this topic but for the moment
    can not say what.

    kind regards

    Brian Bradford

    Comment by Brian Bradford — 20 May 2011 on 11:52 pm | Link
  2. There must be a champion in the wings of Westminster, waiting to take back free speech for the British people, surely ??

    Comment by matt — 23 May 2011 on 12:28 pm | Link

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