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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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    I speak as someone with a couple of degrees in production engineering. Uk manufacturing has declined in world market share because of comparatively weak quality,...
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    It's like the deep recesses of the government are in another century. Well done Miriam for not putting up with it.
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    As one of the older generation I can reassure Chris Key that before the UK joined the EEC (since become the EU) we had schools...
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    Phil Beasley. Benjamin Disraeli died on 19th April 1881. So only someone aged 140 or over could even theoretically have spoken to him. Not sure...
  • User AvatarDavid Allen 26th Jul - 10:47am
    This movement is like Roy Jenkins' "experimental aeroplane", the Council for Social Democracy, which Jenkins admitted might well crash on take-off. It did a lot...
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    Tony Greaves supports the CAP. What more evidence do you need that it's wrong?
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