Libel laws stifle debate: will the coalition stop the chill?

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Following the election in May, the new coalition government included ‘reform of the libel laws to protect free speech’ as part of Queen’s Speech legislation. The Government has recently announced that it will publish a Bill to reform the libel laws early in the new year.

In this crucial time for libel reform, the Libel Reform Campaign is hosting fringe events at the three main party conferences to ask how the Government will keep its promise.


The Liberal Democrat Party Conference: Libel laws stifle debate: Will the coalition stop the chill?

13.00 – 14:00, Tuesday 21st September 2010 Hall 2L, Liverpool ACC (inside secure conference zone)

The Liberal Democrats committed at last year’s conference to reform our libel laws. Rt Hon Lord McNally, Justice Minister, libel reform campaigners and special guests debate how the Government will deliver on its pledge.

Speakers: Minister of State for Justice Rt Hon Lord McNally

Tracey Brown, Sense About Science

John Kampfner, Index on Censorship

Chair: Dr Evan Harris

Read Anthony Lester on Liberal Democrat Voice on his Private Members libel reform Bill

See a link to the event on facebook here


The Labour Party Conference: Rally for libel reform: Stop the chill

20:00 – 22:00, Monday 27th September 2010, Central 7, Manchester Central Convention Centre (inside secure conference zone)

Speakers: Shadow Secretary of State for Justice Rt Hon Jack Straw MP

Paul Farrelly MP

Tracey Brown, Sense About Science

Cllr Mike Harris, Index on Censorship

Alan Rusbridger, the Guardian


The Conservative Party Conference: Libel laws stifle debate: Will the coalition stop the chill?

19:30 – 21:30, Sunday 3rd October 2010, The Castle Fine Arts Gallery, ICC Birmingham (inside secure conference zone)

Speakers: Attorney General Rt Hon Dominic Grieve MP QC

John Whittingdale MP

Jonathan Heawood, English PEN

Sarah Hunter, Google

Jo Glanville, Index on Censorship

Simon Singh, science writer