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John in the News - 2011

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- December -
23/12/2011: MP backs Rover workers £23m cash bid

Midland MP John Hemming has thrown his weight behind the campaign to unlock a £23 million fund for the benefit of former Longbridge workers.

Mr Hemming has written to both Business Secretary Vince Cable and MG Rover administrators PWC over millions of pounds raised from the assets of Longbridge following MG Rover’s £1 billion plus collapse in April 2005.

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19/12/2011: Former racehorse trainer jailed for three years for contacting her daughter, 7, after bitter custody battle

A former jockey and racehorse trainer at the centre of a bitter custody battle has been jailed for three years for defying a court order that forbids her from contacting her daughter.

Vicky Haigh, 41, who was named and shamed earlier this year after she falsely accused her former boyfriend of being a paedophile, approached the seven-year-old at a petrol station.

[.. ..]

But last night one of her supporters, MP John Hemming, said: ‘This is a ridiculously harsh sentence for what was a minor technical breach of a court order.’ He added that it was ‘a waste of taxpayers’ money’ and an attempt to silence a mother who had disagreed with the family law courts.

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11/12/2011: Social Workers ‘Sex up abuse claims to snatch children for adoption’

Social workers regularly "sex up" dossiers on problem parents to take children into care and even to put them up for adoption, a whistleblower reveals today.

[.. ..]

The findings were last night called a "national scandal" by Lib Dem MP John Hemming who is demanding a full Parliamentary inquiry into Britain’s child protection system.

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10/12/2011: Midland MEP accuses Cameron of putting London before UK in Euro veto

David Cameron was accused of sacrificing the rest of the country to save the financial industry in the City of London after he vetoed measures designed to save the euro which included new taxes on bankers.

West Midlands MEP Michael Cashman (Lab) said the UK was stuck "on the outside" as other EU nations drew up a new agreement which excludes Britain.

[.. ..]

[John Hemming] said: "I think Cameron was right to use the veto on changes to the treaties. ...

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9/12/2011: MPs demand BBC remains in Birmingham

BBC director general Mark Thompson has been urged to come to Birmingham and meet civic leaders face to face to explain plans to dramatically cut the broadcaster’s presence in the city.

[.. ..]

An alliance of MPs and councillors has sent a hard-hitting letter setting out proposals to keep Birmingham at the heart of the broadcasting sector.

The letter [.. ..] has been signed by Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell (Con Sutton Coldfield) and Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming (Lib Dem Yardley).

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9/12/2011: Directly elected mayors could find support in three cities, claim supporters

Supporters of a major devolution of powers to England’s cities say they are hopeful that voters in Birmingham, Liverpool and Bristol will back the establishment of directly elected mayors in referendums due to be held in 11 cities in England in May next year.

[.. ..]

A no campaign is being run by Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming and Labour MP Roger Godsiff. The no camp are already complaining that the referendum question is loaded, since it suggests the only way the council can change is if the electors back a directly elected mayor.

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8/12/2011: Question for Birmingham mayoral referendum revealed

The question to be asked in the referendum on whether Birmingham should be run by a directly elected mayor has been published.

But the text sparked an immediate row, with Yardley Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming claiming that the wording was designed to encourage people vote for a mayor.

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4/12/2011: PIBS investors await fateful call from Dublin

Many British pensioners [.. ..] stumped the minimum £10,000 needed to buy the promise of a 13.375% interest payment - an unremarkable rate back in the early ’90s - that would go on forever.

Twenty years later, and the Irish government may be about to wipe out their retirement income.[.. ..]

Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming has also invested in the shares.

"Although I personally am wealthy, many of the bondholders are not wealthy people," says the businessman-turned-politician.

He is one of several figures leading the challenge against the Irish government.

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- November -
24/11/2011: Birmingham debate over elected mayor issue

A debate is being held at a Birmingham hotel to discuss whether a directly-elected mayor would be good for the area.

[.. ..]

Representatives from campaigns which are for and against having the role will speak at the Hyatt hotel on Thursday evening.

The panel of nine includes MPs Richard Burden, John Hemming and Roger Godsiff.

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24/11/2011: Ale Enthusiasts toast success of Birmingham beer festival

Ale enthusiasts in Birmingham are toasting the success of the city’s 11th beer festival which attracted almost 5,000 visitors.

[.. ..]

A spokesman for the city’s branch of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, said: "The festival was a fantastic success.

"We also recruited 171 new members including local MPs Steve McCabe and John Hemming," he added.

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17/11/2011: Parliament remembers one of Birmingham’s greatest MPs

Parliament has been remembering one of Birmingham’s greatest MPs as it celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of John Bright.

Bright was a Birmingham MP from 1858 until his death in 1889, after previously representing Manchester.

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4/11/2011: MP Hemming wants investigation into corruption in Jersey

The UK Government is being urged to order an investigation into the running of Jersey’s public authorities.

[.. ..]

The UK Lib Dem MP John Hemming has tabled a Commons motion, accusing the island’s legislature, executive and judiciary of "political repression".

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- October -
28/10/2011: Yardley MP John Hemming advised wife of Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson

Birmingham MP John Hemming has revealed Jeremy Clarkson’s ex-wife came to him for advice after the Top Gear star took out an injunction banning her from talking about their relationship.

[.. ..]

The Top Gear presenter, who took out the injunction at the High Court last autumn, said he decided to lift it because it was "pointless" and "injunctions don’t work".

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24/10/2011: Hardest Hit rally in Birmingham protests against cuts for disabled people

Demonstrators staged a large rally in Birmingham city centre in protest against welfare cuts for disabled people.

[.. ..]

Speakers representing various disabled groups and carers highlighted cuts to local services and follow the Hardest Hit rally in May, held in protest against the Government’s Welfare Reforms, currently being steered through Parliament.

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19/10/2011: Tory Euro-MP backs Birmingham wholesale markets

A top Conservative Euro-MP has hailed Birmingham’s Wholesale Markets as a ‘hidden jewel’ of the local economy and called on the council to ensure their future success.

[The Wholesale Markets Traders Association] are delighted that now they have cross party support, with Labour MP Shabana Mahmood, Lib Dem John Hemming and now Tory Malcolm Harbour backing them.

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- September -
22/9/2011: Birmingham MP attacks ‘mad’ idea of asking retired police back to work

A decision by West Midlands Police to hire private police officers is the "economics of the mad house", Birmingham MP Jack Dromey has said. [.. ..]

Meanwhile Birmingham Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming has called for controversial proposals on police pay and conditions "to be junked"

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20/9/2011: Liberal Democrat conference: Yardley MP calls for right to complain

Birmingham Lib Dem MP John Hemming called for "whingers’ rights" to be enshrined in law to protect whistle blowers from costly legal action and imprisonment

[He] said ordinary people looking to expose malpractice or even criminal behaviour by companies, organisations and wealthy individuals, were being wrongly gagged by legal injunctions.

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18/9/2011: Social Workers Stole My Baby Because I Grew Up In A Foster Home. I Will Fight For Justice

A heartbroken mother will discover on Tuesday whether the Government is to contest a landmark court case over the baby daughter she had taken from her by social workers.

Sam, 23, is seeking justice for her daughter Angela who was removed from her care and placed for adoption two years ago, at the age of six months.

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17/9/2011: Liberal Democrat Conference 2011: Nick Clegg’s speech in full

Welcome to Birmingham, a city with a great, outspoken liberal tradition. [.. ..]

[.. ..] the home of those great modern day, outspoken liberals - John Hemming and Lorely Burt.

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16/9/2011: John Hemming sets out for vision for job creation ahead of Lib Dem conference

A Birmingham MP has called time on the dream of full employment - and hailed part-time work as the key to creating a more inclusive society.

Liberal Democrat John Hemming said a restructuring of the tax and benefits system would allow more employees to drop their hours, while enabling others to find work.

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13/9/2011: MPs face battle for survival after Birmingham boundary changes

MPs in Birmingham face the prospect of a bitter battle for survival after it was announced that the city is to lose a constituency.

John Hemming (Lib Dem Yardley) said: "Some of these changes look strange to me. These are proposals and not the final changes, and they now go out for consultation."

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7/9/2011: SPECIAL REPORT: How will the NHS reforms affect the Midlands?

John Hemming, Liberal Democrat MP for Yardley, said: "The NHS is a national treasure, but despite the best efforts of staff, the NHS doesn’t deliver world class care for patients. [.. ..]

"I think it is a good idea for doctors and nurses to decide how commissioning works rather than central government appointing people to do this...

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- August -
21/8/2011: Parents ‘Must have the right to smack children’

A senior Lib Dem MP is urging the Prime Minister to remove the "state interference" he says is damaging family discipline.

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11/8/2011: As it happened: MPs debate riots

Prime Minister David Cameron tells MPs: "We will not allow a climate of fear to exist on our streets"

Lib Dem MP John Hemming tells the BBC News Channel his constituents in Birmingham feel the government is standing behind them.

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10/8/2011: Birmingham disturbances: Church leaders, MPs and celebrities lead calls for calm

Church officials urged parents to take responsibility for their children and "stand closer together as a city". [.. ..]

Yardley MP John Hemming (Lib Dem), writing on his website, said: "The looting and vandalism is done by ill-disciplined youths."

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10/8/2011: Ordinary Brummies say riots were not in our name

About 80 people gathered at the Bullring shopping centre yesterday complete with brushes and buckets ready to lend a hand with the clean-up operation after Monday night’s carnage. [.. ..]

[.. ..] Mr Hemming said the violence had nothing to do with unemployment or deprivation.

He said: "It’s obvious that what happened was an attempt by some people to make money.

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5/8/2011: University of Birmingham graduate leads fight against death penalty

A Birmingham graduate is leading a high-profile campaign opposing calls to bring back the death penalty.

The House of Commons could be forced to debate bringing back capital punishment, following a campaign led by a leading political website.

But opposition to the demand is being led by former University of Birmingham student Martin Shapland, who is now a researcher working for city MP John Hemming (Lib Dem Yardley).

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- July -
22/7/2011: MP accuses NHS trust of using gagging order to cover up use of ‘untrained’ cancer surgeon

An NHS Trust is using a gagging order in a "cover-up" to prevent patients from discovering that they were operated on by an "untrained" cancer surgeon against national guidelines. [.. ..]

The Trust refused to alert the women "that they had been operated on by an untrained surgeon", the Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming told the Commons, despite several senior colleagues raising concerns about the surgeon’s competency to perform the operations, he said.

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22/7/2011: Birmingham MPs unite to oppose plan for elected mayor

Two political opponents have united in Birmingham - to campaign against the city getting an elected mayor.

Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming and Labour MP Roger Godsiff are "testing the water" to see whether enough support exists to run a No campaign.

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18/7/2011: Family fight to end life of brain disease patient: Landmark case affecting thousands with locked-in syndrome

The fate of a desperately sick woman whose family want to withdraw life support is to be decided in a landmark court hearing due to begin today. [.. ..]

The case has provoked controversy because it is the first to involve doctors potentially killing a sick person who is not in a persistent vegetative state.

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17/7/2011: 10,000 Children Ripped from their families

At least 10,000 young children have been dragged from their families and needlessly adopted due to a flawed target at the heart of Government, it was claimed last night.

Last night backing came from MP John Hemming, who said the policy led to the unnecessary adoption of 1,000 children every year.

He claims the target set 11 years ago was flawed from the outset because it contained a fundamental error of maths and he has called for a full Parliamentary inquiry to prevent further damage.

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15/7/2011: MP among rebels threatening to sue State over ILP

The Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming is one of eight investors whose UK lawyers have written to the State seeking the payment that amounts to almost 24 times the current share price.

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4/7/2011: John Hemming MP: Why I’m calling for a review of the smoking ban

The smoking ban was a good example of how the UK tends to make bad law. [.. ..]

I supported, and still support, a general smoking ban. However, at the time it seemed clear to me that there was a strong argument for having ventilated smoking rooms.

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- June -
30/6/2011: Birmingham MPs call for smokers to be allowed back into pubs

Birmingham MPs have backed a campaign to relax the smoking ban in pubs and clubs.

John Hemming and Roger Godsiff were among the politicians who supported the move by attending a House of Commons reception.

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29/6/2011: Pensioners breathe a sigh of relief

Linda Newman from Derbyshire was one of thousands of British pensioners who breathed a sigh of relief yesterday following Bank of Ireland’s eve-of-court decision to scrap plans to force them to sell bonds bought 20 years ago for a fifth of the price.

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29/6/2011: MPs campaign to relax smoking ban in pubs

Conservative Greg Knight, Lib Dem John Hemming and Labour’s Roger Godsiff argue that the ban has had a devastating impact on the industry.

They want the law to be changed to allow pubs to create a separate room for smokers if they choose.

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29/6/2011: Pub smoking ban needs review says John Hemming MP

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John Hemming explained why a cross-party group of MPs want the government to review the complete ban on smoking in pubs and clubs.

The Lib Dem, who voted for the ban, now wants some inside ventilated areas to get rid of "ramshackle" heated outside smoking areas, but still not allow smoking near the bar.

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25/6/2011: Social workers see sense - it’s just a shame they’re not ours

Vicky Haigh fled to Ireland to escape her council’s social workers, but they haven’t given up

Nottinghamshire social services recently wrote to their Irish counterparts, asking for a joint case conference to discuss baby Sapphire’s future. The Irish social workers, who know Miss Haigh and the baby well, replied that they could see no need for such a meeting. ...

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10/6/2011: Injunction MP cries foul over Bank of Ireland bond cut

John Hemming, the MP who exposed Ryan Giggs’ super injunction in the House of Commons, has launched a campaign to help investors hit by Bank of Ireland’s decision to buy back its bonds for a fraction of their value.

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9/6/2011: Postman jailed for attempted rape might challenge conviction

Victor Nealon, who is serving life sentence, might have his case referred to appeal court as new evidence emerges

Nealon’s solicitors established that underwear and a blouse [.. ..] were never sent for forensic tests. Independent scientific analysis they then commissioned discovered DNA samples belonging to another male - not Nealon. A search of the national DNA database, long requested by solicitors and local MP John Hemming, has apparently not thrown up a match.

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7/6/2011: Twitter users warned over legal action over injunction row

Twitter users are warned they could face legal action if they breach privacy injunctions. The Attorney General says tweeters in England and Wales are not exempt from the law.

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6/6/2011: Ryan Giggs affair: Now we see why he went to such lengths, writes John Hemming

We can all now see why Ryan Giggs was prepared to go to such lengths to keep his personal life under wraps.

The lid falling off one alleged affair has led to the lid now falling off something else.

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4/6/2011: Smoking ban changes hope

Greg Knight MP is meeting with club members to discuss an amendment to the ban which could see a smoking room introduced at clubs [.. ..]

Mr Knight will be joined by MPs Roger Godsiff and John Hemming to host a reception on June 29 at the House of Commons for the Club and Institute Union's "save our pubs and clubs" campaign.

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- May -
29/5/2011: John Hemming: I’ll name all the celebrities with injunctions

John Hemming, who named the Manchester United footballer in Parliament earlier this month, said he had a list of fellow MPs and peers ready and willing to copy his example with other top names.

He said celebrities should not be allowed to "erode British culture" by threatening to have people jailed for simply "gossiping about them".

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29/5/2011: MoD spending chief wins gagging order to prevent talk about his private life

One of Britain's top civil-servants was granted a draconian privacy injunction just two months before he landed a highly sensitive job at the Ministry of Defence.

John Hemming [.. ..] said: "It is a very oppressive act to stop someone speaking and, considering the sensitivity of his job deciding where large amounts of tax money is spent, he warrants being more transparent about things. What does he have to hide?"

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29/5/2011: We should allow cameras in the courtroom

Televised justice would not damage Britain’s legal system -

There is a worrying constitutional imbalance here. Apparently it’s fine for us to watch the legislators and the executive discussing the issue of the day, but we are still not allowed to watch the judges doing so. It would make our democracy richer [.. ..]

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28/5/2011: Goodwin’s mistress fails in High Court bid

The mistress of Sir Fred Goodwin yesterday failed to persuade a High Court judge to help keep her identity secret.

[.. ..] John Hemming, the back-bench Liberal Democrat MP, revealed earlier this year in the Commons that Sir Fred Goodwin had obtained a gagging order barring the publication of details about his private life.

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28/5/2011: The real scandal hidden by gags is what goes on in family courts

In all the fuss about the secrecy of our courts [.. ..] the point where the issue began has been almost entirely lost. Mr Hemming’s concern stems from his longstanding campaign to expose the secrecy surrounding our family courts, where one of the most shocking scandals in Britain today is flourishing, out of public view.

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26/5/2011: Blinkered arrogance and a judiciary in danger of losing the public’s confidence

[.. ..] There is a world of secret justice in this country, with judges handing out injunctions prohibiting the media from reporting a huge number of cases, many of which may concern much more important issues than that involving Mr Giggs.

[.. ..] Thanks to the interventions in Parliament of John Hemming some weeks ago and of his Lib Den colleague Lord Stoneham last week, we do now know about the case of Sir Fred Goodwin.

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25/5/2011: Human Rights Act must be changed to stop judges gagging media, former Press watchdog head says

Speaker John Bercow told he must stand up for MPs’ rights; Tory Peter Bone tells Speaker to reassert Parliament’s supremacy over the courts; Master of the Rolls says Press could be barred from reporting words of MPs who use Parliamentary privilege

[.. ..] Former Tory leadership contender David Davis said: ‘The ability to speak freely is really one of the most fundamental liberties of Parliament. The Speaker has absolutely got to stand up on this.’

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24/5/2011: QUENTIN LETTS: Good man John Hemming brought an end to the farce

Maginot Line time. Our rulers huff and puff and tell us plebeians we must not even think about the identities of ‘bonking’ injunctors. We should not worry our heads with such matters. Move on, little people. Nothing for you to see here.

Then John Hemming (Lib Dem, Birmingham Yardley) rises in the Commons and with a blurt names Ryan Giggs (Manchester United association football player, m’lud) as one of those press-gaggers. Gasps. Tuts. Calls of ‘disgrace!’ from the Labour side.

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24/5/2011: John Hemming commentary on his victory for Free Speech in the HoC

I do’'t care about infantile gossip about affairs, but by threatening to sue Twitter users last week, a line was crossed.

The reason I spoke up in the House of Commons yesterday is because this is a human story - ordinary people are being pursued.

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24/5/2011: Lord Wakeham: law must be changed to stop judges handing out gagging orders

The Human Rights Act should be amended urgently to end the "shambles" of judges gagging newspapers over the private lives of celebrities, the former head of the press watchdog says today.

[.. ..] Lord Wakeham says the "intolerable" rash of privacy injunctions granted by the courts was an "inevitable" consequence of the Act, which was passed by the Labour government.

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23/5/2011: Twitter revelations prompt MPs and peers to examine privacy rules

A cross-party committee of senior MPs and peers is to examine the law surrounding privacy and the rules for reporting parliament after David Cameron said it was "unsustainable" to prevent the press from reporting information posted on Twitter.

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23/5/2011: Injunctions: The Human Rights Act is behind this privacy farce

Telegraph View: Drafted to protect individuals from the intrusive power of the state, this law should not be cited in tawdry cases of adultery.

The privacy controversy lurches from absurdity to farce. In the Commons yesterday, John Hemming, the Lib Dem MP, named Ryan Giggs as the married Premier League footballer protected by a privacy injunction.

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20/5/2011: Sir Fred Goodwin injunction: MPs declare ‘victory’ for freedom of speech

It was a routine morning on the floor of the House of Commons when John Hemming, the back-bench Liberal Democrat MP, stood up to make a point of order.

[.. ..] "Will the government hold a debate, or make a statement, on freedom of speech and whether there is one law for the rich, such as Fred Goodwin, and another for the poor?"

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19/5/2011: Disabled man ‘under court protection’ evicted

A disabled man who is supposedly being protected by the courts was wandering homeless yesterday after bailiffs used sledge-hammers to evict him from his home. [.. ..]

His case has been taken up by the campaigning Lib Dem MP, John Hemming, who says that it illustrates serious flaws in the way the legal system deals with people who are judged to be unable to manage their own affairs.

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19/5/2011: Peer attacks Sir Fred Goodwin’s legal gag

[.. ..] Lib Dem MP John Hemming used parliamentary privilege in March to reveal Sir Fred, chief executive of the RBS before it was nationalised, had taken out a super-injunction, although he did not reveal any details. [.. ..]

Today Lib Dem Lord Stoneham of Droxford said in the House of Lords: "Every taxpayer has a direct public interest in the events leading up to the collapse of the Royal Bank of Scotland [.. ..]

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14/5/2011: Mail on Sunday wins battle to name SAS soldier on child sex charges

An SAS soldier accused of sexual offences against children can be named today after The Mail on Sunday overturned a draconian order preventing the public finding out about his alleged crimes. [.. ..]

Last night Whitehall officials were criticised by Lib Dem MP John Hemming for attempting to keep the matter under wraps.

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13/5/2011: Courts issue first Twitter injunction

UK courts have made their first overt move to gag social media sites with the first injunction to be specifically targeted at Facebook and Twitter.

The order bans the sites from publishing the identity of a woman seeking to withdraw life support from her brain damaged daughter, including the identities of her relatives and carers.

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13/5/2011: Iraq inquiry ‘must recall Campbell to explain himself’

MPs insisted Tony Blair’s former spin doctor be hauled back before Sir John Chilcot&rsuo;s panel after explosive new allegations from a military spy chief. [.. ..]

Senior Lib-Dem backbencher John Hemming echoed the call, saying: "It seems clear from Maj-Gen Laurie’s evidence that what Alastair Campbell said to the inquiry was not true. This is an issue that needs further investigation because it cannot be allowed just to rest on the table."

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9/5/2011: Gagging law stars ‘outed’ on Twitter: Thousands see the names of celebrities alleged to have taken out injunctions

A leading campaigner for greater transparency over council children’s services has told The MJ he has little confidence in assessments made by watchdog, Ofsted.

John Hemming, Liberal Democrat MP for Birmingham Yardley, also said that ‘checks and balances’ built into local children’s services systems designed to monitor highly-emotional and difficult issues still too often failed families and youngsters.

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1/5/2011: Wolverhampton MP labels AV campaigns ‘poor’

An MP has condemned both the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ campaigns ahead of a vote on changing the way MPs are elected.

[.. ..] The Lib Dem MP for Birmingham Yardley, John Hemming, dismissed claims that the Alternative Vote would mean more coalition governments.

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- April -
20/4/2011: Birmingham MP’s bid to expose stars who obtain gagging orders

[.. ..] Premier League footballers are among those who have hired highly-paid lawyers to use Human Rights legislation to obtain secrecy orders.

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17/4/2011: New gagging orders are ‘a recipe for hiding injustice’

John Hemming said the rising tide of injunctions granted by the courts threatened to contravene the Magna Carta.

The MP has launched an inquiry into "excessive and unlawful court secrecy" and will put his evidence before the Commons Justice Select Committee.

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11/4/2011: The map that shows the frontline of the police cuts

The fallout from the government’s cuts to policing has been mapped out by the Labour party. [.. ..]

He [PC Andy Gilbert] has called for a Royal Commission to analyse and clarify the strategic future of the police force in the UK. He is supported by John Hemming Liberal Democrat member of parliament for Birmingham Yardly, who has tabled an early day motion for such a commission.

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10/4/2011: Freed man in court secrecy battle

A businessman cleared of rape was told by social workers that he could not live with his young daughter and was then banned from asking his MP for help. [.. ..]

Mark Newby, Mr France’s solicitor in the appeal case, said: "There is an increasing level of secrecy in the courts. This often means there are too many restrictions and too much is balanced against the defendant."

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7/4/2011: ‘Let’s threaten them with prison’: MP goes to war with judges who hand out gagging orders

Liberal Democrat John Hemming wants the Commons to launch an arcane process that could theoretically threaten legal action against judges who hand out these blanket secrecy orders.

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3/4/2011: New gagging orders stretch right into the heart of parliament

Ways have to be found to guarantee privacy and provide protection from malicious allegations, but these oppressive court orders are not the answer

The revelation by the Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming of a new breed of "hyperinjunction", which forbids the recipient talking about it to MPs, is one of the most disturbing developments in the contest between legitimate privacy and the need for open justice.

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2/4/2011: Revealed: 30 ‘superinjunction’ gagging orders won by rich and famous in just two years

Celebrities, sportsmen and financiers have won at least 30 ‘gagging’ orders in two years to stop their secrets being exposed.

The figures reveal a growing trend for the rich and famous using privacy laws to protect details about their lives behind closed doors.

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- March -
22/3/2011: West Midlands MPs speak out against military action in Libya

Britain should call off military action against Colonel Gadaffi’s regime, according to a West Midlands MP. [.. ..]

Birmingham MP John Hemming (Lib Dem Yardley) said he would oppose an invasion of Libya or anything similar.

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21/3/2011: Three Cheers for John Hemming MP

So three cheers for John Hemming, MP for Birmingham Yardley, for his speech to a Westminster Hall debate last week. The whole debate is worth your time [.. ..]

To say, "We will remove your child, because you had the effrontery to raise your concerns about process with your Member of Parliament" is a dreadful thing to do. Parliament should not tolerate that, because it undermines the actions of Parliament.

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21/3/2011: Opinion: Are hyper-injunctions compatible with the Human Rights Act?

"Justice should not only be done, but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done." That famous aphorism is commonly quoted, though perhaps not in the courts that hand down hyper-injunctions whose very existence is kept secret on the pain of imprisonment. This incredible situation was exposed in Parliament by John Hemming MP, whose work deserves to be widely read.

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20/3/2011: MP reveals "hyper" injunctions in name of open justice

As bloggers Anna Raccoon, Charon QC and Obiter J have reported, on a Parliamentary debate on Thursday the same Liberal Democrat MP, John Hemming, revealed the details of a number of other (what he called) "hyper" injunctions. The common feature was that courts had ordered not only that the parties to litigation were to be prevented from revealing details of their cases to the public, but also to their MPs.

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11/3/2011: Sir Fred Goodwin, RBS chief, takes out gagging order

Sir Fred Goodwin, the former chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland, has obtained a secret super-injunction banning the publication of information about him, an MP has disclosed.

The existence of the injunction was revealed by John Hemming, a back-bench Liberal Democrat MP, during a business debate in the House of Commons yesterday morning.

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9/3/2011: Disabled man to be evicted after secret GP report

A disabled man faces eviction from the house he grew up in after a GP wrote a secret report claiming that he lacked the intelligence to fight a court case.

John Hemming, the Liberal Democrat MP who chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group of Family Law and the Court of Protection, said: "Mr Gilliland clearly understands the case. It does not need an expert to demonstrate that he does.

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4/3/2011: Save our Solar campaign fights back against FiT review

[.. ..]The new initiative, ‘Save our solar’ highlights the importance of protecting the UK’s solar industry, with the aim of raising awareness of the limited support for solar power in Government.

[.. ..]The campaign has also received backing from politicians including Huw Irranca-Davies MP, who spoke out at the recent ecobuild event, Shadow Energy Minister, Caroline Lucas MP, leader of the Green Party; and John Hemming MP, Chairman All Party Parliamentary Group on Peak Oil and Gas.

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18/2/2011: APPG considers the pros and cons of shared parenting legislation

On Tuesday, 15th February, The All Party Parliamentary Group on Family Law and the Court of Protection held a speaker meeting in the House of Commons which focused on examining perceived advantages and disadvantages on shared parenting as a presumption in law.

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15/2/2011: Citizens Advice Bureau offices in Birmingham to stay open after talks

Citizens Advice Bureau offices across Birmingham are to stay open after a bitter row between the city council and bureau managers was finally resolved.

The five offices had been set to close - depriving residents of essential advice as spending cuts mean hundreds of public sector jobs are lost in the city.

But managers at the Birmingham Citizens’ Advice Bureau (CAB) network and senior councillors managed to hammer out their differences at a crunch meeting.

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5/2/2011: John Hemming MP: Court of Protection must be reformed

The lack of transparency conceals the second problem with the Court of Protection, which in the same way as much of Family Law relies upon the opinions of individual experts.

The opinion of a single social worker that someone does not have the capacity to decide where they live is sufficient for someone to lose their freedom, in secret and without the right to a second opinion.

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27/1/2011: Lib Dem MP John Hemming says cuts are necessary

John Hemming, MP for Birmingham Yardley, said the country, at the time of the election, had been on the verge of "going bust".

"We are not anymore and that is the important thing," he said.

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18/1/2011: Fuel Rationing in U.K. Needed to Cut CO2, Panel Says

Fuel rationing may be needed by 2020 in the U.K. to meet the government’s carbon emission targets, a panel of lawmakers said, suggesting an electronic trading system for energy quotas.

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5/1/2011: Birmingham MP John Hemming blasts ‘power-crazed’ social workers

Birmingham MP John Hemming has blasted social workers as "power-crazed individuals" intent on messing up lives. [.. ..]

His outspoken comments came after Birmingham City Council unveiled plans to axe almost 900 jobs and save £62 million in children’s services.

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