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Into the conduct of ministers

Lord Denning

in The Due Process of Law

Published in print January 1980 | ISBN: 9780406176080
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191705113 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780406176080.003.0011
Into the conduct of ministers

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There are times when a judge is invited by the government of the day to undertake an inquiry or to chair a committee. The government usually asks a judge to do such a task when it is in a quandary. There is public unease: and the only person who can be trusted to be impartial is a judge. This chapter discusses the case when the author, Lord Denning, was called upon in by the government which was indeed in a quandary. The Secretary of State for War, The Rt. Hon. John Profumo, had resigned during the Whitsun recess. The Sunday Mirror had published a photographic copy of his letter to Christine Keeler. It started ‘Darling’ and ended ‘Love J’. The newspaper had paid her for it. Rumours spread like wildfire. Thus, the members of the House of Commons asked the author to inquire into this security situation.

Keywords: government; judge; John Profumo; Sunday Mirror; House of Commons; Christine Keller

Chapter.  2653 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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