No More Privilege

Remember those three MPs on trial? Everything seems to have gone a bit quiet about them until today. Elliot Morley, David Chaytor, Jim Devine and Lord Hanningfield’s attempt to use Parliamentary Privilege in their defence has been thrown out, although this is still subject to an appeal. The judge has ruled their attempt to use the legislation stopping the court from wading into the business of Parliament was not acceptable as criminal activity seems to have taken place. This issue is not going to go away – after the appeal process it is unlikely the trials we begin at this rate until next year.

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