Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tom McNally says Rutland County Council's legal action against its own members is doomed

From the Leicester Mercury:
A debate in the House of Lords has disputed the advice that Rutland County Council has received from Bevan Brittan in connection with the actions of the Rutland Anti-Corruption Group. 
At the Grand Committee Meeting of the House of Lords on Thursday, 17 January 2013, the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord McNally) said: 
"My officials have explored the issue with officials at the Department for Communities and Local Government, which is responsible for the 2011 Act. The Government are in no doubt that if a case were brought, the courts would still find that local authorities cannot bring action in defamation."
Read more in Hansard.

1 comment:

Martin Brookes @oakhamuk said...

Of course there is no mention of the personal action and the funding granted to the Chief Executive and other officers of the Council.

It does appear Mr Green from the New
Statesman was correct when he said Bevan Brittan had got it wrong.