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MACDONALDS;LIBEL LAW AND PUBLIC RIGHTS

  • Session: 1997-98
  • Date tabled: 17.07.1997
  • Primary sponsor: Corbyn, Jeremy
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    That this House, following the recent conclusion of McDonald's Corporation and McDonald's Restaurants Ltd vs Steel and Morris, the longest case in English legal history, notes with alarm the denial of legal aid and a jury trial for the unrepresented defendants, that the burden of proof rested on the defence who were presumed guilty until proven innocent, and Mr Justice Bell's finding that the defendants' counterclaim fell because, although McDonald's had issued defamatory, inaccurate and 'malicious' literature on the eve of trial to 'discredit' and to 'vent spite' on the defendants; further notes that United Kingdom anti-McDonald's campaigners have refused to recognise the verdict, distributing 400,000 leaflets on the Saturday after, and that the case has focused worldwide attention and condemnation of United Kingdom libel law; believes that interminable, complex, expensive, elitest, unfair and oppressive libel laws and procedures stacked in favour of rich and powerful plaintiffs have brought the courts into disrepute and are in need of urgent reform to safeguard public rights; and calls for multinationals to be treated in the same way as Government bodies which no longer have a right to sue for libel.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Austin, John Labour Party Erith and Thamesmead 28.07.1997
Baker, Norman Liberal Democrats Lewes 22.07.1997
Barnes, Harry Labour Party North East Derbyshire 30.07.1997
Butler, Christine Labour Party Castle Point 28.07.1997
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 17.07.1997
Cryer, John Labour Party Hornchurch 23.07.1997
Davis, Terry Labour Party Birmingham Hodge Hill 11.03.1998
Godman, Norman A Labour Party Greenock and Inverclyde 24.07.1997
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 24.07.1997
Kingham, Tess Labour Party Gloucester 26.03.1998
Livingstone, Ken No party affiliation Brent East 23.07.1997
McDonnell, John Labour Party Hayes and Harlington 24.07.1997
Taylor, David Labour Party North West Leicestershire 23.07.1997

Amendment 272A1 - MACDONALDS;Amdt. line 2:

  • Session: 1997-98
  • Date tabled: 24.07.1997
  • Primary sponsor: Lewis, Julian
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    leave out from 'history' to end and add 'notes with relief that huge sums of legal aid are not available to assist destitute defamers to tell lies about others with minimal risk to themselves but at enormous cost to the public purse.'.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Lewis, Julian Conservative Party New Forest East 24.07.1997
Loughton, Tim Conservative Party East Worthing and Shoreham 24.07.1997
Townend, John Conservative Party East Yorkshire 24.07.1997