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The game’s up: MP names Giggsy in sex gag super-injunction

Published 23/05/2011 | 17:31

Footballer Ryan Giggs. Photo: Getty Images
Footballer Ryan Giggs. Photo: Getty Images

The footballer at the centre of a gagging order over a relationship with reality TV star Imogen Thomas was named by an MP in the British House of Commons today as Ryan Giggs.

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Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming, who has been campaigning on the issue, said: "With about 75,000 people having named Ryan Giggs on Twitter, it is obviously impracticable to imprison them all."

The MP's action finally lifted the blackout on mainstream media identifying the Manchester United star even though a High Court judge had again refused to lift the injunction earlier today.

House of Commons speaker John Bercow took the MP to task over his action, saying: "Let me just say to the honourable gentleman, I know he's already done it, but occasions such as this are occasions for raising the issues of principle involved, not seeking to flout for whatever purpose.

"If the honourable gentleman wants to finish his question in an orderly way he can do so."

Mr Hemming said: "The question is what the Government's view is on an enforceability of a law that clearly doesn't have public consent."

UK Attorney General Dominic Grieve said: "It is our duty as parliamentarians to uphold the rule of law."

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