Robert Buckland, former Lord Chancellor: Suspected sex offenders should not be publicly named

Our thanks to Steve for this. The title is misleading. The start of the piece:

SUSPECTED sex offenders should have a right to remain anonymous, according to one Swindon MP.

Sir Robert Buckland suggested that anyone arrested for crimes, including sex offences, should not have their names publicised unless they are charged.

The South Swindon representative told The Telegraph this would prevent innocent people from having their lives “trampled over and reputations trashed”.

This is welcome but it’s not the breakthrough required. A change in the law would simply lead to more men being charged so as to remove their anonymity. People are supposed to be considered innocent until proven guilty. In our manifesto (pp.69,70) we call for suspected sex offenders’ anonymity to be preserved until and unless they’re CONVICTED.

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