29 March 2018
Spokesman on Culture Media & Sport, Communities & Local Government and Energy & Climate Change.
North Antrim MP Ian Paisley said,
“It is clear now- more than it has ever been - that a change to the law is required for rape trials. No party should be identified in advance of the verdict and only then when there is a guilty verdict.
The notoriety caused by such publicity has a negative impact on the process of justice and lasting consequences for those involved.
I understand those who say that publicity can bring about more evidence especially in predictor cases but I believe that publicity after a guilty verdict can have the same effect.
I will be raising this matter in Parliament.”