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Jo Shaw asks… Is there a way out of the Secret Courts mess?

It’s a strange and rare thing for a Liberal Democrat to be pinning her hopes for a civil liberties victory on a combination of government bad faith, Conservatives of principle voting the right way and Labour sticking to their guns. Yet that combination, combined with the votes of Lib Dem MPs, could offer a lifeline for those campaigning to defeat secret courts contained in the Justice and Security Bill.

The Bill is now in Committee in the Commons. At the last possible moment the government published its proposed amendments to the Bill. The government line is that these amendments clarify the …

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The Independent View: National security is paramount but ‘secret courts’ are an illiberal attack on British justice

Supreme Court - Some rights reserved by cphoffman42In September 2012, the Liberal Democrat Conference voted overwhelmingly against the most contentious aspect of the government’s Justice and Security Bill – the extension of ‘secret courts’, otherwise known as Closed Material Procedures (CMPs), into civil courts.

This would allow ministers to submit a CMP application to a judge that material relating to national security be withheld from the defendant/claimant and their legal team despite being used as evidence. As Andrew Tyrie MP and Anthony Peto QC explain in “Neither Just nor Secure”, published today by the Centre for Policy Studies, this is worrying because “in an adversarial system such as the English one, the right to know and challenge the opposing case is not merely a feature of the system, it is the system”.

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  • User AvatarStephen Howse 19th Apr - 8:12pm
    Indeed. So do we really need another one in a position of power and influence?
  • User AvatarCaracatus 19th Apr - 7:57pm
    Bath is one of the 12 or so seats the Lib Dems will almost certainly win, so I hope they pick someone who has the...
  • User AvatarDavid-1 19th Apr - 7:30pm
    I'm sure the loss of the members has to be counted Nick's biggest win, as by it he's moved the Liberal Democrats significantly to the...
  • User AvatarDavid Evans 19th Apr - 7:18pm
    David Evershed - Which bit of losing 22,000 members; 2,150 councillors; 5 MPs, most of our MSPs and in a month's time most if not...
  • User AvatarGeoffrey Payne 19th Apr - 7:04pm
    I guessed Dennis Potter and I was right! Luck I guess although I knew he was left wing. It is worth finding the video clips...
  • User AvatarDavid Evans 19th Apr - 7:01pm
    Ah well, there goes another seat in 2015. Sadly even in a strong seat like this, incumbency was by far our best chance.