Justice Secretary Ken Clarke
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Ken Clarke defends secret justice plans

Nick Clegg has signalled opposition to parts of the government's plans for secret trials in some civil cases involving national security.

The deputy prime minister has written to the National Security Council saying that judges - not ministers - should decide what should be kept private.

However, the Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has defended the proposals, saying closed hearings are needed to stop cases with sensitive evidence collapsing.

  • 04 Apr 2012