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Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. I thank every Member who has shown an interest in the Bill, particularly those who have spoken in the debate, and especially the Minister for turning up. He will not be surprised that I do not necessarily agree with everything that he had to say, and I will return to that in a moment. Rather than just go through what each Member said turn by turn, I would like to...
What I am saying is that it is up to the Finance Committee to take a view on whether there is enough in the legislation. For example, under the current regime, you have to persuade a judge that it is possible that you were defamed by the statement. He then hands that over to the jury, and you go into a jury trial. Under my regime, although jury trials are not ruled out, they would be the...
Let me complete the point, if I may. In one of the cases, we were right to apologise because we had misinterpreted the difference between naming somebody and identifying somebody. We had not named them but we had given enough information for people to identify who they were, so we had defamed them and we were right to settle. In the other two cases, it was one politician taking offence at...
UUP MLA for Strangford
Entered the Assembly on 6 May 2011 — election
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