The EDM tabled by David Davis MP in support of Peter Hain has attracted 123 signatures in 24 hours. Mr Davis says
This is an extraordinarily important issue. In the event that this legal action against Mr Hain succeeded members of parliament and even Ministers would feel extraordinarily constrained in any criticism they might make of the judicial process and judiciary in the United Kingdom. Even the threat of the costs and distraction involved in dealing with such an action would have a severe chilling effect on the freedom of speech which is fundamental in keeping our institutions healthy.
The importance of this issue is reinforced by the number of MPs who have immediately signed it, and by the number of ex Cabinet Ministers including previous Home Secretaries who have given their support.
MPs join forces to call for legal action being taken against Shadow Welsh Secretary Peter Hain to be dropped.
Shadow Welsh Secretary Peter Hain is facing legal action over criticism of a judge made in his recently-published memoirs.