Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs has been named in the House of
Commons as the person identified on Twitter in the context of
Birmingham MP John Hemming used Parliamentary privilege
(protection) to name Giggs during a debate on the use of
Sir Alex Ferguson is due to face the media on Tuesday and was
expecting to take questions solely on United’s build-up to
Saturday’s Champions League final with Barcelona at Wembley.
But now it appears likely he will be quizzed about the veteran
midfielder after he was named in Parliament by Hemming.
The revelation followed a newspaper group’s failed attempt to
lift an injunction which banned the naming of a Premier League
footballer who had a “sexual relationship” with reality TV star
Lawyers for The Sun had gone to the High Court in London to try
to overturn the injunction after the publication of the
footballer’s name and photograph in a Scottish newspaper, the
The Herald had printed a picture of the footballer’s face with
his eyes blacked out and the word “censored” written over the
Beneath the picture they wrote: “Everyone knows this is the
footballer accused of using the courts to keep allegations of a
sexual affair secret.”
In the House of Commons, the Attorney General Dominic Grieve
said a new committee will be set up to look at the use of gagging
orders in controversial privacy cases.