Category Archives: secret courts

Letter to the Leader: Happy Easter from a very busy Party

Dear Nick Thanks for your letter. You definitely deserve a lovely, peaceful, break with your family and I hope you all have a lovely time. It was good of you to mention the forthcoming Council elections and to recognise the … Continue reading

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My email to Liberal Democrat peers on secret courts

How I spent my morning: emailing every single Liberal Democrat peer I could find an email for and who wasn’t Jim Wallace, Jonathan Marks or Tom McNally with this email. I then excised the Lib Demmery and did another version … Continue reading

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Liberal Democrat Lawyers say secret courts are "an attack on the rule of law"

Last night the Liberal Democrat Lawyers’ Association held a meeting at the National Liberal Club to discuss the Justice and Security Bill and most particularly the provisions allowing secret courts in some civil cases. They later issued a statement condemning … Continue reading

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Time to throw an anvil at secret courts

Next Tuesday, which is both my nephew’s 14th birthday and the 32nd anniversary of the founding of the SDP, the Justice and Security Bill comes back to the House of Lords for consideration. Now, my esteemed colleague Mr Valladares has given … Continue reading

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Secret Courts fight to continue at Scottish Conference

Last Sunday, I spoke in the debate against secret courts at Federal Conference in Brighton. This Friday, I’ll be proposing a motion against this highly illiberal and unfair measure at Scottish Conference in Dundee. I am not going to post … Continue reading

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Will we still like Mike after Monday’s secret courts vote? #no2secretcourts

New Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton’s life is about to change immeasurably. On Monday he takes his seat in Parliament. I don’t know if he’s visited the place before, but even now I’ve been there many times, my jaw drops every … Continue reading

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Why is a Tory making all the running on opposing secret courts? #no2secretcourts

My feelings are a bit mixed, reading the Centre for Policy Studies report Neither Just nor Secure on the Justice and Security Bill, currently going through the House of Commons. Co-authored by Conservative MP Andrew Tyrie, it says that the … Continue reading

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Secret Courts motion submitted to Scottish Conference

I was flying a bit by the seat of my pants, giving myself just two days to gather signatures for a motion on secret courts to Scottish Conference, especially when most of that time was spent in London at my … Continue reading

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Will you support motion on secret courts to Scottish Conference?

Nothing like doing things at the last minute to get the adrenaline flowing. As you may have been aware, I’ve been fairly vociferously opposed to the Coalition’s plans to legislate for secret courts. As Liberty says: Cabinet Minister Ken Clarke … Continue reading

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Where now on secret courts? #no2secretcourts

Just before Christmas Jo Shaw wrote an update on the Lib Dems against Secret Courts campaign on Lib Dem Voice. For me, the most remarkable thing was that Nick Clegg had refused to meet those running the campaign.  I really don’t … Continue reading

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