Public or Personal Character in Election Campaigns: A Review of the Implications of the Judgment in Watkins V Woolas

10 Pages Posted: 5 Jul 2011  

Francis Hoar

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Date Written: July 2011

Abstract

Reviewing the Election Court's decision that a candidate's parliamentary election literature was unlawful under the Representation of the People Act, the Divisional Court held that statements could either be about a candidate's public character or his personal character but not both. Though the legislation was compatible with the ECHR if it penalised only the latter, the question for the courts is really a matter of whether statement impugns a candidate's character more than merely as a necessary implication of an allegation regarding conduct such as the breaking of election promises.

Suggested Citation

Hoar, Francis, Public or Personal Character in Election Campaigns: A Review of the Implications of the Judgment in Watkins V Woolas (July 2011). The Modern Law Review, Vol. 74, Issue 4, pp. 607-616, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1878999 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2230.2011.00863.x

Francis Hoar (Contact Author)

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