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Tory MP to be tried by a jury

An attempt by the Conservative MP Harry Greenway to have allegations of corruption against him dealt with by Members of Parliament, instead of by a jury in a criminal court, has been rejected by a judge.

John Nutting, for the Ealing North MP, had claimed at the Old Bailey that the court had no jurisdiction over him. Mr Justice Buckley rejected the submission in April, but his ruling was subject to a reporting ban until yesterday. The judge revoked the ban after an application by the BBC, ITV, Express Newspapers, Today, the Daily Mirror and the Daily Telegraph. Mr Greenway is said to be the first MP to be prosecuted for alleged corruption.