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The EDM tabled by David Davis MP in support of Peter Hain has attracted 123 signatures in 24 hours. Mr Davis says
Neath MP Peter Hain has won some big name political support in his legal battle against the Attorney General of Northern Ireland. An Early Day Motion has just been tabled calling for the contempt proceedings to be withdrawn.
It's being tabled by the Conservative MP David Davis who raised the case with the Speaker earlier this week. More details very shortly, but you can get a quick reminder here.
A Labour source has criticised the legal move against Peter Hain, who's told me that 'the whole thing is ridiculous and could only happen in Northern Ireland. It shows the vanity of judges, who should be concentrating on crime not suppressing free speech'
Iain Dale, managing director of Biteback publishing says:
The Attorney General of Northern Ireland has been granted leave to bring proceedings for contempt of court against the Shadow Welsh Secretary Peter Hain and his publishers, Biteback. The move relates to critical comments Mr Hain makes in his memoirs about a Northern Irish judge, Lord Justice Girvan.
Latest ITV News reports
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.