House of Commons
HACKED OFF, FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND THE RULE OF LAW
Tabled 16 May 2013
That this House notes that the Hacked Off campaign is chaired by Hugh Tomlinson QC; further notes that in a secret hearing Mr Tomlinson argued successfully for the secret imprisonment of Yvonne Goder for, inter alia, writing emails to regulatory bodies complaining about the wrongful transfer of property from an individual whose financial matters were managed by the court of protection; further notes that there is no public judgment about her imprisonment; further notes that Mr Tomlinson in the case CTB v NGN obtained an injunction that prevented the second respondent from obtaining evidence to prove that she was innocent of blackmail; further notes that a similar injunction in the Goodwin case prevented allegations of breaches of the RBS code of conduct being passed to the Financial Services Regulator; recognises that these are secretive legal actions which act against freedom of expression and the rule of law; further notes that Hacked Off has not responded to any questions written in emails or letters by the hon. Member for Birmingham, Yardley; calls for the members of Hacked Off to disassociate themselves from such actions; and further calls for the Government not to include in negotiations about press regulation any persons who do not disassociate themselves from such behaviour.