Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Bastard Parliament VI: The Supreme Court's Reasons [UPDATED]

Following the Supreme Court's decision to reject the appeal of Elliot Morley, Jim Devine and David Chaytor regarding Parliamentary privilege, the Court has published the reasons for its judgement.

The UK Supreme Court

Rather sensibly, they have determined that Parliamentary privilege applies to actions undertaken which are incidental to Parliamentary duties, and that fiddling expenses is not incidental to the discharge of those duties. As such, the MPs will stand trial for false accounting in the Crown Court.

It is also interesting to note that the decision was unanimous.

And delightfully, this sets a legal precedent. Parliamentary privilege cannot be used as a defence against criminal acts which are not incidental to the discharge of Parliamentary duties.

Roll on the criminal trial...

[UPDATE]

Guido Fawkes reports that Morley, Devine & Chaytor are now trying to argue that they won't receive a fair trial because of all the publicity. There is a possibility of an emergency hearing at the Old Bailey today...