Attorney General Rebrands “Roundly Failing” Jolyon as“Not Very Good Law Project”

The Attorney General Suella Braverman has come out punching when asked about the meddlesome Good Law Project on the Women with Balls podcast. Asked for the top government law officer’s take on Jolyon’s work, Braverman accuses them of “roundly failing”, rebranding it the “not very Good Law Project”:

“despite some of its PR, despite some of its communications, it’s roundly failing in its raison d’être of successfully challenging the government. In 8 out of 10 cases the government has won, and the Good Law Project has been ordered to pay the government over £300,000 in our costs so far. So I’m not sure ‘Good Law Project’ is the right name for this organisation – you know, it’s the not very good law project, frankly; and they’re not succeeding, they’re not really succeeding in their claims against the government.”

Linking the taxpayer cash-wasting actions of the Good Law Project to the government’s attempts to rein in judicial reviews, Suella adds:

“The Bill that’s currently going through parliament is really important to redress the current imbalance as I see it. We don’t want judicial review to be abused by people who want to play politics through the courts, and for too many years now we have seen that pattern evolving. We saw it during the Brexit years, but we’re seeing it here, I believe; and I think that we have to look at questions of standing.”

This will also save the gullible crowdfunders a fortune…

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Braverman “Carefully Considering” Referring Colston Four Case to Court of Appeal

Attorney General Suella Braverman has this morning released a statement saying she is “carefully considering” referring the Colston statue case to the Court of Appeal, following Wednesday’s jury verdict that the four suspects charged for pulling down Bristol’s Edward Colston statue had been found innocent. Writing this morning, Braverman said:

“Trial by jury is an important guardian of liberty & must not be undermined. However, the decision in the Colston statue case is causing confusion. Without affecting the result of this case, as Attorney General, I am able to refer matters to the Court of Appeal so that senior judges have the opportunity to clarify the law for future cases. I am carefully considering whether to do so.”

Presumably the Court of Appeal will reiterate that even when the jury are idiots, the verdict is the verdict…

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Braverman Arrives at Downing Street

The Attorney General – essentially the government’s lawyer – arrived at No. 10 around an hour ago. Given the context of this morning’s Christmas Party scandal, it’s raised more than a few eyebrows. The government’s in a massive bind here – the longer they claim the party didn’t happen, the public anger will continue growing; the moment they admit it, we’re into police territory. 

Guido’s been interested to see one legal interpretation doing the rounds, which would technically allow them to accurately say it was within the law, even if it was against the governance. Given No. 10’s on the Crown Estate, unless ministers explicitly said so the Covid lockdown regulations wouldn’t legally apply:

“… on or at promises, other than a private dwelling, which are –

(a) operated by a business, a charitable, benevolent or philanthropic institution or a public body,

or

(b) part of promises used for the operation of a business, a charitable, benevolent or philanthropic institution or a public body.”

Yesterday Joshua Rozenberg told the BBC:

“If you look at section 73 of the Public Health Control of Diseases Act 1984 which is what the regulations were made under it seems to mean that they do not apply to government departments and other royal property unless ministers have actually taken the steps to say they do apply,”

Surely they wouldn’t try getting off the hook on this technicality…

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Suella Braverman Returns Ahead of Rumoured Reshuffle

Among the grinning faces in a cabinet photo put out by No. 10 this morning was the conspicuous re-appearance for Suella Braverman. Back in March, Braverman became the first minister to go on maternity leave, and was replaced by Michael Ellis, the solicitor general. While Guido understands Braverman isn’t back in the department until next week, she was nonetheless invited back to cabinet early today. Interestingly she sat behind a ‘minister without portfolio’ name tag. Where was Amanda Milling?

In turn, Michael Ellis was temporarily replaced by Lucy Frazer, who now faces a return to the backbenches. That is unless there’s some sort of conveniently-timed reshuffle this Thursday. A prospect that’s sounding more and more likely…

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Michael Ellis Appointed Attorney General

As Guido revealed last night, Michael Ellis has just been appointed Attorney General to cover for Suella Braverman as she departs for maternity leave. Lucy Frazer will step in to cover for Ellis in the role of Solicitor General. “The Prime Minister gives the Attorney General his very best wishes for her maternity leave and looks forward to welcoming her back in the autumn”…

UPDATE: A video statement from Braverman

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Braverman Maternity Cover to be Announced

Guido understands that Attorney General Suella Braverman’s maternity cover is to be announced tomorrow. Solicitor General Michael Ellis is the front runner though Guido hears Lucy Frazer has been lobbying…

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