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Labour pledges to reform libel laws in England and Wales

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 25 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1712
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    The libel laws of England and Wales will be reformed to stem “libel tourism” and curb the law’s chilling effect on free expression if Labour forms the next government, justice secretary Jack Straw has pledged.

    Mr Straw promised a new bill in the next parliament if Labour wins the forthcoming general election, expected in May.

    However, he promised only to “give consideration to” the most important measure, a possible statutory public interest to protect responsible journalism from the chilling effect of possible legal action.

    Announcing the proposals in a written statement to parliament, he said he would ask the civil procedure rules committee to …

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