Lord Chancellor in the dock over whistleblower tactics

The
parliamentary committee on standards and privileges is to investigate
allegations that the Lord Chancellor tried to sack a whistleblower because she
gave evidence about the Government’s mismanagement of the child protection
agency.

The
inquiry into a possible breach of privilege was announced after the
constitutional affairs committee said a witness was asked to resign after she
gave evidence to MPs.

Judy
Weleminsky, who is on the board of the Children and Family Court Advisory
Support Service, received a letter from Lord Falconer threatening dismissal,
despite being promised she would not face retribution for giving evidence
against colleagues.

The
Lord Chancellor may now face accusations of interfering with Parliament’s right
to hear the evidence of any witness it chooses.

By Michael Millar

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