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All three major parties commit to libel reform in their general election manifestos

15th April 2010

The Labour Party: “To encourage freedom of speech and access to information, we will bring forward new legislation on libel to protect the right of defendants to speak freely.”

The Conservative Party:“We will review and reform libel laws to protect freedom of speech, reduce costs and discourage libel tourism.”

The Liberal Democrat Party: “We will protect free speech, investigative journalism and academic peer-reviewed publishing through reform of the English and Welsh libel laws - including by requiring corporations to show damage and prove malice or recklessness, and by providing a robust responsible journalism defence.”