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.