In England, using a law that has not been used in 99 years, an election court has ruled that a member of parliament knowingly made false statements about an opponent in the election held last May. If upheld, he could be removed from his seat and prevented from running for office for three years. The opponent, who brought the rare lawsuit, said
This is a historic victory, the first time in 99 years. I fought this because I believed it was really important for democracy. The idea that if you lie about your opponent and you know you have lied about your opponent then simply you have no part to play in democracy. I am proud of the judicious system which has helped me so much in this situation. I think this is going to be a crucial decision which will help clean up politics. Politics has to be better than this. Making up lies about your opponent has no part in politics.
Opponent of the ruling claim that it will have a chilling effect on political speech.
Personally, I’d love to see a similar law in the US, and see it vigorously enforced.