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Case Law: Barron MP v Collins, the approach to meaning in a political speech case – Sara Mansoori

Rotherham MPsPreliminary hearings on meaning are becoming the norm in defamation actions, as parties view them as a relatively cheap and efficient way of determining a key issue at the outset. In Barron MP & Others v Jane Collins MEP [2015] EWHC 1125 (QB), three Labour MPs for constituencies in the Rotherham area brought a libel action against a UKIP candidate over a speech she made at the UKIP Conference. Continue reading

Case Comment: Heesom v The Public Services Ombudsman for Wales, Freedom of Expression for Politicians  – Sara Mansoori

PatrickHeesom-webThe appeal in the case of Heesom v Public Services Ombudsman for Wales ([2014] EWHC 1504 (Admin)) was brought by a former Welsh Councillor against his disqualification from being a member of a Council.  It raises the issue about the scope of and legitimate restrictions to a politician’s right of freedom of expression under Article 10 ECHR. Continue reading

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