Clarke listens to Daily Mail on secret justice proposals

Daily Mail's campaign leads to a watered down bill.

Clarke listens to Daily Mail on secret justice proposals
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Justice secretary Ken Clarke today declared that the Daily Mail had done a "service to the public interest" by campaigning against proposals to hold some inquests and court hearings in secret.

The Government today announced plans to water down the proposals in the Justice and Security Bill, published today, in the wake of a campaign by the Mail and civil liberties campaigners during the consultation period.

Now no inquests will be heard in private and only parts of court hearings involving spies and national security. The decision on whether to exclude press and public and hold hearings in secret will now be taken by a judge rather than a politician.

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