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Data Protection Policy

A short post outlining how we protect people’s data and why we’re not neutral about politicians who support secret courts Continue reading

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[Lib Dems against Secret Courts] Letter to Nick Clegg

On Friday, May 23rd, we sent the following email to supporters of the campaign: Dear No to Secret Courts campaigner, You may already have seen the letter going round about Nick Clegg and the Leadership. I know many of us … Continue reading

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It’s started. The Government lies about the need for closed proceedings at the Supreme Court

It turns out we didn’t need to wait too long for the Government to start misusing the secret courts procedure.  It happened already in a case involving the Treasury and an Iranian bank accused of indirectly helping finance Iran’s nuclear weapons … Continue reading

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The Guardian: John Le Carré: The influence of spies has become too much. It’s time politicians said no

A cracking article from John Le Carré in the Guardian laying out how our politicians have become supine in the face of the security services: What are secret courts? Why do we need them? To protect Britain’s special relationship with … Continue reading

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Jo Shaw: Secret Courts: 8 nightmare scenarios now possible in Britain

An update from Jo on the OpenDemocracy blog – Secret Courts: 8 nightmare scenarios now possible in Britain.  In the article, she lays out four scenarios based on real-world case studies, and then imagines how they might proceed now that secret courts … Continue reading

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Email to supporters: “The eleventh hour – this weekend could make the difference”

Here’s our latest email to campaign supporters… Dear Fellow No to Secret Courts Campaigner, The campaign continues and reaches the eleventh hour this week. The Lords vote on Tuesday will either improve this terrible Bill, or see it pass in its … Continue reading

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One-sided courts and secret law – David Howarth demolishes Tom McNally’s LDV article defending secret courts

David Howarth has posted an excellent article rebutting Tom McNally’s article on secret courts over on Lib Dem Voice. It provides a useful summary of many of the biggest problems with the ‘secret courts’ proposals: They lead to one-sided justice. … Continue reading

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David Howarth responds to Lord Woolf’s letter to the Times

An excellent response to Lords Woolf’s letter to in today’s Times from David Howarth, former MP for Cambridge. Dear Sir, Lord Woolf’s defence of the government’s proposals to introduce closed material proceedings (‘secret courts’) in civil matters is very surprising … Continue reading

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A chance to listen again to Jo’s excellent interview on the BBC Westminster Hour

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Thank you to Julian and Mike

A big thank you to Julian Huppert and Mike Crockart for everything they fought for today on Secret Courts.  They’re still in the thick of committee stage on the bill with important votes still to come, but this report from … Continue reading

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