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Should it be illegal to tell lies in parliament?

There is a difference between untruths and lies

By AC Grayling   February 2015

Nobody wants to see politicians telling porkies, but is it practical to legislate against it?

“Parliamentary privilege” exists to allow MPs to ask questions, put forward views, criticise, challenge and propose, without fear of interference from outside the House, such as, for example, a lawsuit for slander. What privilege gives is immunity in respect of what MPs say, though there is a limit: their constituents can throw them out at the following election if they say…

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