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‘Review needed on privacy laws’

SOLIHULL MP Lorely Burt has said there needs to be a major review of privacy laws – following the recent furore over super-injunctions.

SOLIHULL MP Lorely Burt has said there needs to be a major review of privacy laws – following the recent furore over super-injunctions.

Mrs Burt said she was “uncomfortable” that people with money were applying to the courts for gagging orders.

“Everyone has the right to privacy, it shouldn’t just be the rich and powerful,” she said this week.

“I think the question should always be whether or not the story is in the public interest.

“With Fred Goodwin [former head of the Royal Bank of Scotland] there were allegations he had an affair with a senior colleague.

“Quite clearly that’s something that the public should know about, and I think it was right he was identified.”

On Monday, Yardley MP John Hemming revealed that footballer Ryan Giggs had also obtained a super-injunction.

Speaking in Parliament, he identified the Manchester United star, who had used the court order to conceal an alleged affair.

Mr Hemming was able to ignore legal restrictions because of parliamentary privilege, which allows MPs to speak freely without fear of court action.

“The Ryan Giggs case was different,” added Mrs Burt. “I didn’t know the identity of the footballer before this week – and I didn’t care.”

Did she think her Lib Dem colleague – whose actions were condemned by some politicians – was right to name the player?

“I’m not sure parliamentary privilege should have been used in this instance, MPs should be law-makers, not law-breakers.

“There will be a review of this whole issue later this year, which is something I very much welcome.”

 

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