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Environment Secretary wins High Court injunction


By John Glenday, Reporter

February 16, 2012 | 1 min read

Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman has won an injunction preventing the media from reporting “sensitive personal information” about her 17 year old son.

Jonny Spelman, a promising rugby player, was to be subject to a story in the Daily Star Sunday but this can now no longer be printed following the High Court ruling.

The Star had argued that the story was “massively in the public interest” but Mr Justice Lindblom ruled that the boy was entitled to privacy.

Spelman was refused anonymity in the case however with the judge citing the principle of open justice.

Ironically Spelman invoked the Human Rights Act to secure her son’s privacy, a document many in the Conservative part wish to rip up.

The move sees Spelman join a host of footballers and celebrities to resort to the courts to have their misdemeanours covered up, notably Ryan Giggs and Jeremy Clarkson, who subsequently came unstuck on Twitter.


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