COMMENT: EDITORIAl; Commons sense prevails

Common sense - a rare sight in our rich Parliamentary pageant - has plugged the ludicrous legal loophole that prevented lobbying company Ian Greer Associates from suing the Guardian newspaper for libel.

Common sense - a rare sight in our rich Parliamentary pageant - has

plugged the ludicrous legal loophole that prevented lobbying company Ian

Greer Associates from suing the Guardian newspaper for libel.



Both he and former corporate affairs minister Neil Hamilton were halted

in their efforts to clear their names last year when the Guardian’s

lawyers successfully claimed that Parliamentary privilege would prevent

them from mounting a proper defence.



The change voted for by MPs this week is long overdue. Had it not been

adopted, it would have left all lobbyists wide open to the possibility

of having their names dragged through the mud with accusations of

underhand dealing in Parliament without any recourse to the libel laws.



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