Wilson Doctrine ruling

The body which examines complaints about surveillance by UK spooks has effectively struck down special protection for MPs and peers — stating that the so-called Wilson Doctrine “has no legal effect”.

The doctrine is a ban on bugging British MPs and peers introduced in 1966 and named after PM Harold Wilson, who established the rule.

The decision (PDF) follows revelations by Edward Snowdon that GCHQ could have intercepted the communications of MPs and members of the House of Lords.

IPT ruling Wilson Doctrine

The ruling was prompted by legal action taken by George Galloway along along with Greens Caroline Lucas MP and Baroness Jenny Jones, who last year was revealed to be on a secret police database of ‘extremists’ — despite having no criminal record.

This is one area where special privileges for parliamentarians would be completely justified.

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