I want to write to Lord Lester of Herne Hill

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Data Protection Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day) (13 Dec 2017)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, we had rather strong debates in Committee and I am not going to repeat any part of those. I have thought about how I could best help the House at this stage, and I think it is by stating what I believe the law to be and why Amendment 50A, if carried, would put the Bill in breach of the Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights. When the Bill was first introduced,...

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (6 Nov 2017)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: ..., I wonder whether it might be helpful for me to begin by trying to find what we can all agree on and then look at what we cannot agree on. Everyone here, I am sure, will agree that the right to freedom of speech and the right to freedom of the press are essential foundations of a democratic society. Everyone would agree that the proper functioning of a modern participatory society...

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (4th Day) (8 Feb 2017)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, this is a paving amendment for this group of amendments. My noble friend Lord Clement-Jones asked just now what the appropriate collective description of Queen’s Counsel is. I was pondering that; at first, I said to myself, “Avarice”, but then I thought that the true answer would be given by The New Yorker book of cartoons, which had a cartoon of a lawyer looking...

Policing and Crime Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments (18 Jan 2017)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: When I was young at the Bar there used to be a judge whose concurring judgments were commendably brief—he would simply say, “I agree”. I can say that about the speech of the noble Lord, Lord Pannick—I agree with him—and would add a few words. I declare an interest because I have given evidence in the consultation on why Section 40 is, in my view, arbitrary,...

Press Regulation (Communications Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (20 Dec 2016)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, it is a particular pleasure to follow the noble and learned Lord, Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood, with whose speech I entirely agree. His speech and that of the noble Lord, Lord Lexden, make it much easier for me to follow, and I shall try not to repeat what has already been said. I want to say, first, to the noble Lord, Lord Best, that I congratulate him not only on his report...

Universities: Freedom of Speech — Motion to Take Note (26 Nov 2015)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: My Lords, we are in the bleak shadow of the mass murders in Paris by those who hate our way of life and all that we cherish, including free speech. These psychopathic killers blaspheme against Islam and play into the hands of bigots who seek to stir up hatred against Muslim communities. Nothing in Islam authorises the cowardly massacre of innocent unarmed women, men, children and babies. The...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Venezuela (6 May 2014)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their evaluation of the situation in Venezuela as regards the rule of law, freedom of speech and the protection of human rights.

Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill — Report (25 Feb 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 Jul 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 Jun 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 Jun 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 Jun 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 Jun 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 Jun 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 Feb 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 Feb 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 Jan 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 Oct 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 Jul 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 Jul 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...


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