Downing Street has rejected comments made by Robert Buckland, the new Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. Buckland said in an interview with The Times that some people accused of serious crimes might not initially be named in a bid to ensure their anonymity.
Buckland said to The Times:
“Let’s say you are a reputable local businessperson who is accused of fraud. Your good name is going to be really undermined by this mere accusation. You are a person of good character. That might be a meritorious case for anonymity.”
A spokesperson at Downing Street rejected the comments of Buckland and said that he wasn’t speaking for the Government. The spokeperson said “this doesn’t reflect Government policy”.