Do Bugging Rules Apply to MSPs, Greens Ask Home Secretary

Following revelations that Labour MP Sadiq Khan had been bugged whilst discussing a constituent’s legal case, Scottish Green MSP Patrick Harvie today wrote to Home Secretary Jacqui Smith (1) to establish whether the so-called Wilson Doctrine covers the work of MSPs. The Wilson Doctrine, introduced in 1966, states that MPs’ phones would not be tapped or bugged.

More than 600 public bodies can now ask to see the communications records of any British citizen, and during the period covered by the most recent report on this subject, more than 28,000 applications were being made each month. (2)

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