Lawcast 145: Diane Abbott MP on the use of secret evidence

Lawcast 145: Diane Abbott MP on the use of secret evidence

Today I am talking to Diane Abbott, Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington about her latest campaign to prevent the use of “secret” evidence in UK courts.

Earlier in the year Diane tabled an early day motion (EDM) declaring “that this House believes the use of secret evidence in UK courts is fundamentally wrong”, and calling on the government “to begin an immediate independent review into the use of evidence that is not ever heard by the defendant or their lawyer but which is used to justify indefinite detention, severe bail conditions or control orders”.

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  1. On a related topic see the recent House of Lords decision in Re McE (March 2009), where the Lords held that a the new labour RIPA (regulation of investigatory powers) 2000 Act extends to legal professional privilege, and that people detained have no right to consult their legal advisors in complete privacy, nor are they allowed to know whether or not they are being monitored.

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