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Shamed councillor loses her anonymity

A Labour councillor in England fined £100 after admitting being drunk in a supermarket in charge of her two-year-old daughter has lost a High Court anonymity fight.

Tess Gandy (35), who was a district councillor in Lowestoft, Suffolk, wanted an order which would have stopped the little girl – and her – being identified.

Two judges ruled against Gandy, who had previously been cautioned for a similar offence, after the Eastern Daily Press and The Lowestoft Journal argued that freedom of speech and open justice should prevail.

Judges said the public had an "undeniable" interest in learning how Gandy, who has now resigned from Waveney District Council, had behaved.

They described Gandy's arguments that her daughter might suffer "distress" if the case were fully reported as "doubtful".

Nigel Pickover, editor-in-chief of the Eastern Daily Press, said: "At a time when some politicians are trying to bring in controls on Britain's Press by statute, it is gratifying to see (the High Court) protect our right to report a court case in the public interest."

Belfast Telegraph