MP defends right to parliamentary privilege over list

Sir Menzies Campbell said no company should be above the law. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Any MP who revealed a list of 102 companies who allegedly hired private investigators to collect confidential data would be legally protected if they read out the names in Parliament, Liberal Democrat former leader Sir Menzies Campbell has said.

Sir Menzies made the comments as the Serious Organised Crime Agency gave the list to Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee.

He added any MP who revealed the list in parliament would be protected by privilege, which is designed to allow members to hold free debates without fear of being sued.