Theresa May pledges to improve 'gagging' clause regulations after newspaper stopped from publishing

Theresa May pledges to improve gagging clause regulations after newspaper stopped from publishing

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Theresa May has pledged to improve regulation around so-called gagging clauses after a newspaper was stopped from publishing allegations about a businessman.

The Prime Minister on Wednesday said some were using non-disclosure agreements “unethically”.

This came after the Court of Appeal temporarily stopped the Daily Telegraph from publishing a story containing “confidential information” from five employees about a “leading businessman”.

The Telegraph wants to reveal “alleged sexual harassment and racial abuse of staff”, who have been prevented from talking by NDAs.

An interim injunction has been put in place and said the case should go to trial after a Senior Executive appealed  against an earlier decision.


'Do whatever they want' 

Speaking in the House of Commons, Labour MP Jess Phillips asked Mrs May to comment on the use of NDAs to "silence" accusers, adding: "It seems that our laws allow rich and powerful men to pretty much do whatever they want as long as they can pay to keep it quiet."

The Prime Minister said she would bring forward consultation measures to improve regulation.

"Non-disclosure agreements cannot stop people from whistleblowing, but it is clear some employers are using them unethically," she said.

Ms Phillips has suggested she would use her parliamentary privilege to name the company boss in the Commons if an accuser came forward to her.