Tuesday, 9 February 2010
I am saddened to hear the overnight news that Joanne Cash has resigned as Conservative candidate for Westminster North.
She "gets" libel reform in a way shared by no other Tory politician.
This is not least because of her day job as a highly effective media law barrister, frequently (and successfully) resisting attempts to use injunctions to restrict public debate.
She is one of the few genuinely progressive liberals and civil libertarians left in the Conservative Party: for example, see the Guardian piece here .
Libel reform under an incoming Conservative government was always more likely if Joanne Cash became an MP.
Whatever the reason for her resignation, I do hope she remains heavily involved in Conservative policy-making on libel reform and free speech issues generally.
Joanne Cash has just announced that she will remain as candidate. This follows what appears to have been a day of negotiations with party officials.
This is good news: a very welcome update to make.
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