FORMER Cabinet minister Peter Hain has been cleared of breaking parliamentary rules when he named retail tycoon Sir Philip Green as the businessman accused of inappropriate behaviour towards staff.
Lord Hain used parliamentary privilege last October to name the Topshop boss as the subject of a court injunction that prevented the Daily Telegraph identifying him.
Lawyers for Sir Philip claimed he failed to declare his role as an adviser to law firm Ince Gordon Dadds, which was acting for the Telegraph.
However, Lord Hain said he did not know about the firm’s role and named Sir Philip ‘on moral considerations’ after meeting one of his alleged victims. Lords standards commissioner Lucy Scott-Moncrieff yesterday dismissed the complaint against Lord Hain and ‘accepted his assertion’ he was not aware of the firm’s role in legal proceedings.
She also said complaints the peer had broken sub-judice rules and abused parliamentary privilege were not matters for her to judge. Lord Hain said: ‘Sir Philip’s complaint always was a malevolent ruse to divert attention from the harassment allegations against him by his employees.’