Results 1-20 of 84 for freedom of speech speaker:Lord Lester of Herne Hill

Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill — Report (25 February 2014)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, I was unable to be present for the earlier stages of the Bill, but I have read all the debates, including the discussion on 3 February about the amendment then moved by my noble friend Lord Lexden, with the powerful support of the noble Lords, Lord Bew, Lord Black of Brentwood and Lord Empey, and now moved again by my noble friend Lord Lexden, with my support and that of the noble...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Report (1st Day) (8 July 2013)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, we all agree that marriage is a vital institution. The exclusive commitment of two individuals to each other nurtures mutual love, support and stability. For those who choose to marry and their children, marriage provides legal, financial and social benefits and, in return, legal, financial and social obligations. Two competing views of marriage were helpfully identified by Justice...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (24 June 2013)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: Can I ask the noble Baroness why she is not sufficiently reassured by the fact that the Education Act, like all other past and future legislation, must be read and given effect in accordance with freedom of religion and freedom of speech, as guaranteed by Articles 9 and 10 of the human rights convention? Reading those, and the case law on them, it seems to me quite clear that the schools and...

British Bill of Rights — Motion to Take Note (20 June 2013)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: ...to my noble friend for reminding us that this House has decent standards. On this occasion I am able to plead not guilty. I am delighted to have the opportunity to initiate a debate on the report of the Commission on a Bill of Rights, of which I was a member. I am also glad that two of my fellow commissioners, the noble Baroness, Lady Kennedy, the noble Lord, Lord Faulks, and so many other...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (17 June 2013)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: ...I strongly object to what he has just said. There is no evidence that the Equality Act has been shot through with anything or has failed to work properly. I have already said in a previous short speech that the Human Rights Act solves the problem but he does not seem to have followed what I said, so I will say it again. The Human Rights Act says that all legislation, old and new, must, if...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill: Committee (1st Day) (17 June 2013)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: Can my noble friend confirm, so far as the civil law is concerned, that what I said about the Human Rights Act, freedom of speech and freedom of religion applies equally to the civil law?

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill: Committee (1st Day) (17 June 2013)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: Does the noble Lord know that under the Human Rights Act 1998 every part of this Bill must be construed, read and given effect in conformity with the European Convention on Human Rights? The convention fully protects freedom of religion, conscience, belief and expression. Does he also know that the noble Lord, Lord Waddington, had a great victory in this House in writing in free speech...

Defamation Bill: Report (5 February 2013)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: ...is across the world a fundamental difference between on the one hand the Chinese and, on the other, the United States. The Chinese position on the world wide web is to create the great firewall of China and the Chinese intranet and to do whatever it can to be able to censor the use of the web by dissidents of one kind or another. The position of the United States, ever since Bill Clinton's...

Defamation Bill: Report (5 February 2013)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: One can see why the other place was so well regulated. It is essential for the three main political parties to reach agreement on what needs to be done to give effect to the recommendations of Sir Brian Leveson's inquiry. If these amendments are designed to put pressure on the coalition Government to achieve that aim, they are most welcome. But if they are intended to become part of this...

Leveson Inquiry — Motion to Take Note (11 January 2013)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, in view of the attack by the noble Lord, Lord Donoughue, on Rupert Murdoch, I suppose that I should declare an interest, in that I have represented the Times and the Sunday Times in both the noble Lord's reign and that of Harold Evans. Sir Brian Leveson is a very senior and experienced criminal judge. His careful evaluation of the evidence has demonstrated, in his words, that there...

Defamation Bill — Second Reading (9 October 2012)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, unlike the noble Lord, Lord Sugar, I warmly welcome this much-needed Bill. Its central aim is to reform English defamation law to strike a fair balance between the fundamental right to freedom of expression, public information and the protection of a good reputation. As the noble Lords, Lord McNally and Lord Browne of Ladyton, have said, the Bill is needed to give better protection...

Justice and Security Bill [HL]: Committee (4th Day) (23 July 2012)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: I fully accept that Article 10(2) has exceptions and that the Bill falls within those exceptions. The problem is one of a lack of legal certainty. As my noble friend has indicated, the restrictions must be prescribed by law, and legal certainty therefore requires some accessibility. When courts think of making injunctions that affect freedom of speech, such as Spycatcher-type injunctions,...

Justice and Security Bill [HL]: Committee (4th Day) (23 July 2012)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My name is also on this amendment. When I heard my noble and learned kinsman Lord Woolf indicate in his speech why we should trust the judges, I was reminded of what Archbishop William Temple once said: "Whenever I travel on the Underground I always intend to buy a ticket, but the fact that there is a ticket collector at the other end just clinches it". However good our judiciary might be, it...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Committee (6th Day) (30 January 2012)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: I shall just say something about Amendment 124 in relation to defamation and privacy. This could take hours of a separate debate, but I am going to try to be extremely brief. As the noble Lord, Lord Bach, has indicated, this has to be seen in the context of a defamation Bill that has not yet been published. We have had my Private Member's Bill, a government draft Bill and consultation, and I...

Defamation Bill [HL]: Second Reading (9 July 2010)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, I beg to move that this Bill be read a second time. Its central aim is to reform English defamation law so that it strikes a fair balance between the fundamental right to freedom of expression and public information and the protection of a good reputation. It seeks to give better protection to free expression, while ensuring fairness and responsibility in journalism, and necessary...

Equality Bill: Committee (4th Day) (25 January 2010)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: ...Amendment 119A for reasons I will briefly give. Amendment 97E seeks to remove sexual orientation as an occupational requirement that may be used as a reason not to employ someone for the purposes of employment by a religious organisation. Schedule 9(2) lists the exceptions for occupational requirements where the employment is for the purposes of an organised religion, and those reproduce...

Equality Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (19 January 2010)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: We are delighted that the amendments standing in my name and that of noble Baroness, Lady Howe, have been accepted, and I am sure the broadcasters will be as well. On that point, I need to deal with two serious issues: first the teasing by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Mackay of Clashfern, of the charge of inconsistency. He said, as I understood it-and I have to deal with this very serious...

Equality Bill — Committee (Continued) (2nd Day) (13 January 2010)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, nobody could reply to the noble and learned Lord properly after such a wide-ranging speech, and at this hour, and I will not attempt to do so. However, perhaps I could just explain extremely briefly why I respectfully disagree with him about his entire approach. It is an approach which I believe will be contrary both to European Union and European Human Rights Convention law on...

Equality Bill — Committee (Continued) (2nd Day) (13 January 2010)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: ...group in my name-Amendments 56A and 56B, Amendments 61 to 63, and Amendments 106ZA and 106ZB. They have been grouped together and this is a complicated and difficult subject. To speed the passage of the Bill, I will deal with it briefly-I hope-and in a way that enables the Minister to go on the record with a full explanation of these matters. I preface that with something on harassment as...

Equality Bill: Second Reading (15 December 2009)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, we are very grateful to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster for her full explanation in her important and impressive speech. As I made clear in the debate on the humble Address, we warmly welcome the Bill. It is a long-standing and core objective of the Liberal Democrats to promote equality of opportunity on the basis of individual worth and merit and to combat unjustifiable...