Lord Hain Says He 'Will Not Be Silenced' After Sir Philip Green Is 'To Lodge Formal Complaint'

Lord Hain said he "stands resolutely" by his actions.

The Labour peer who named Sir Philip Green as the figure stopping a newspaper from publishing allegations of sexual and racial harassment against him has said he “will not be silenced”.

Lord Hain told Sky News he would continue to “stand up for citizens rights” after it emerged Sir Philip Green is to lodge a formal complaint to the House of Lords about the peer naming him.

“Sir Philip is wrong. I stand fully by what I said in the House of Lords, I’m resolute about that. I will not be silenced or intimidated or retracting or apologising for what I told Parliament last Thursday,” he said.

“I complied with all of my obligations in the House of Lords as I have always done and I’m going to continue to stand up for citizens rights against power, privilege and wealth.”

Former cabinet minister Lord Hain used parliamentary privilege to identify the Arcadia boss as the individual behind a legal injunction stopping The Daily Telegraph from publishing “confidential information” from five employees.

The retail tycoon reportedly told the BBC he will complain that the peer failed to disclose he had a financial relationship with the Telegraph’s lawyers.

Lord Hain denied that he obtained the information from “any law firm involved in this”.

The peer, who acts as a global and governmental adviser for the law firm Gordon Dadds, said he had been “completely unaware” it was acting for the Telegraph in the case.

Earlier, Lord Hain called Green’s complaint “a malevolent diversion”.

“I stand resolutely by what I’ve said and neither retract nor apologise for standing up for human rights,” he tweeted.

Lord Hain
Lord Hain

However Sir Philip told the BBC that if Lord Hain had read the judgment he would have seen the firm’s name on the first page, and if he had not read it he questioned on what basis was he talking about it.

He said: “As many people have said, Lord Hain’s blatant disregard of a judgement made by three senior judges is outrageous.”

Simon Jack, the BBC’s business editor, said businesswoman Baroness Brady told him she would make a statement on Monday after the Telegraph highlighted her role as chairman of Taveta, the holding company of Arcadia.

Sir Philip said he “wholly and categorically” denies the allegations.

He refused to comment on Friday to a Sky News crew who tracked him down to the Canyon Ranch health resort in Tuscon, Arizona.

He told the reporter who tried to question him: “You need to leave. Can you go away? I believe you’re being intrusive.”

Lord Hain said he felt he had a “duty” to name Sir Philip, after legal experts strongly criticised his decision to exercise his right to do so while the case was still going through the courts.

He insisted he took his decision acting in a “personal capacity”, adding: “I categorically state that I was completely unaware Gordon Dadds were advising the Telegraph regarding this case.

“Gordon Dadds, a highly respected and reputable international law firm, played absolutely no part whatsoever in either the sourcing of my information or my independent decision to name Sir Philip.

“Lord Hain’s blatant disregard of a judgement made by three senior judges is outrageous”

- Sir Philip Green to the BBC

“They were completely unaware of my intentions until after I spoke in the House of Lords.”

Former attorney general Dominic Grieve QC said Lord Hain’s behaviour had been “clearly arrogant” and he had abused parliamentary privilege in deciding he knew better than the courts.

The identification of Sir Philip led to fresh calls for the Honours Forfeiture Committee to consider withdrawing his knighthood – previously challenged in the furore over shortfalls in the BHS pension scheme.

Downing Street stressed that the Honours Forfeiture Committee was independent.

“They are constantly reviewing evidence in relation to matters like this,” a Number 10 spokeswoman said.

Lord Hain told peers on Thursday he had been contacted by someone “intimately involved” in a case of a wealthy businessman using non-disclosure agreements and payments “to conceal the truth about serious and repeated sexual harassment, racist abuse and bullying”.

The Telegraph has written to Sir Philip’s lawyers threatening to quickly return to court for the trial unless they drop the injunction.

Ending the legal battle would allow its reporters to air the allegations from those who entered controversial non-disclosure agreements.


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