Phil Woolas case: Speaker puts Oldham East rerun election on hold
Speaker will wait for court to rule on attempt by former minister to overturn ruling expelling him from Commons before announcing decision on new election
I have to admit that the decision of Mr Justice Silber today refusing judicial review took me by surprise – but as the judges were sitting as High Court judges and not ‘election commissioners’ (see Afua Hirsch below) the High Court cannot judicially review itself. Confused? I am not a specialist in Constitutional law – and, clearly, know even less about Election law. Fellow law bloggers on Twitter did admit that the law on the Representation of the People Act is hazy and unclear – so I don’t need to drown my legal sorrow.
Phil Woolas case is becoming increasingly confusing
Analysis: No one seems totally clear whether or not the decision to strip the former minister of his seat is subject to judicial review