Privileges of Parliament

The Lord Chief Justice, the Master of the Rolls and the President of the Queen’s Bench Division will begin hearing an appeal today by three former MPs and a peer who deny fiddling their expenses. The defendants are challenging a ruling earlier this month by Mr Justice Saunders that the defence of parliamentary privilege does not preclude their trial in the Crown Court. I explain the background to today’s appeal in my column for the latest print edition of Standpoint, which has just been published.

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