Sitting MP 'granted a super-injunction'

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A serving MP may have taken out a super-injunction preventing details of their activities being exposed, it was disclosed yesterday. The revelation came in the Commons as MPs discussed future parliamentary business – including whether to debate creeping judge-made privacy laws and the use of gagging orders.

Each Thursday, MPs are allowed to press the Leader of the House, Sir George Young, to allocate government time for debates. The Conservative MP for Hendon, Matthew Offord, used yesterday's session to raise the issue of gagging orders.

He said: "There has been much public discussion on the increasing use of super-injunctions and the ability of judges to decide policy instead of elected parliamentarians.

"Is the Leader of the House aware of the anomaly this creates if, as has been rumoured, a member of this place seeks a super-injunction to prevent discussion of their activities?"

He urged the Government to set aside time for a Commons debate.