UKIP’s sole MP Carswell launches into Family Court ‘outrageous injustices’

Family courts must open up to avoid ‘outrageous injustices’, warns Ukip

MP Douglas Carswell launches Ukip policy calling for greater sensitivity in legal process to avoid breakup of families and forced adoptions

Douglas Carswell
Douglas Carswell: ‘Once the legal process starts it is like a juggernaut and it breaks up families.’ Photograph: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

Secrecy within the UK’s system of family courts is allowing social workers to “ride roughshod” over ordinary people and resulting in the unnecessary breakup of families and forced adoptions, the Ukip MP Douglas Carswell has warned.

Outlining a Ukip policy paper on opening up the family courts, the Clacton MP said a “juggernaut” of legal process currently leads to “outrageous injustices” and is calling for greater sensitivity and openness in the courts system.

Carswell said: “There is a scandal at the moment. Once the legal process starts it is like a juggernaut and it breaks up families. Most of the time that is justified but some of the time it is not.”

Carswell, who is keen to broaden Ukip’s policies beyond its opposition to Britain’s membership of the EU, was speaking as the party published a policy document recommending a series of reforms to open up the family courts. The paper, written by Carswell and Duncan Simpson, the deputy director of Ukip’s parliamentary research unit, calls for:

  • More use of special guardianship orders to allow grandparents to take over the care of a child.
  • The opening up of placement and adoption order proceedings to the media on the same basis as other family law proceedings.
  • A requirement that all judgments be published, except where the presiding judge seeks and obtains a contrary order from the president of the high court family division.
  • The media to be allowed access to expert reports on an anonymised basis with restrictions enforced only in the most exceptional cases.

Carswell said: “We feel very strongly that the secrecy in the family courts is leading to some outrageous injustices. It’s the big cartel courts and the legal profession and the social workers riding roughshod against ordinary people. We think common sense is needed to address this. That means more openness in the family courts.”

Ukip’s only MP suggested that his reforms would have prevented the heartache suffered by Karissa Cox and Peter Butler, who lost custody of their child after being wrongly accused of abuse. The child was put up for adoption after the couple took their baby to hospital after the six-week-old started bleeding from its mouth. Staff at the hospital noticed bruising on the baby, prompting the authorities to take the child into care and to charge the parents with child cruelty.

The parents were cleared this month, by which time the child had been adopted. “If our reforms had been in place that case could not have happened,” Carswell said.

The Ukip MP said he accepted that in many disputed cases children need to be taken into care or adopted against the wishes of the parents. “I am not saying it is wrong for the state to forcefully break up a family. There are times when it has to do that.

“But at least the evidence should be tested in an open court. At least there should be some opportunity for people to know what it is they are being accused of … and at least the people who are preparing the evidence ought to have met the people they are giving evidence about.”

Carswell, who has a strained relationship with the Ukip leader, Nigel Farage, said the policy paper showed how he was broadening the party’s interests. The MP launched the policy document with his party ally Suzanne Evans and the formerLiberal Democrat MP John Hemming, who has campaigned on adoption issues.

Carswell said: “People might say: ‘Hang on, Ukip doesn’t normally spend a lot of time talking about adoptions and the family courts. Well, actually … I can’t think of another example where the big powerful system is ignoring ordinary people to such an extent. This is exactly the sort of area Ukip should make a priority.”

Douglas Carswell photographed for the Observer New Review at his offices in Westminster.



3 Responses to “UKIP’s sole MP Carswell launches into Family Court ‘outrageous injustices’”

  1. Lynn says:

    Yes go on, get the country behind this illegal practise. We are sick to death of secrecy…it only serves the criminal injustice network….Common Purpose at work.- real opposition at last.

    • sovereigntea says:

      Whilst any politician should be applauded for bringing matters such as secret courts into the media spotlight beware the politician that speaks with a forked tongue.

      What are Carswells motives ? A colour revolution in the UK mirroring Ukraine ?

      Carswell is a member of the intelligence agency linked NEOCON / ZIONIST sedition club aka The Henry Jackson Society.

      By pure co-incidence he was the only UKIP MP to be elected in our dubious general election.

      Look at the company he keeps at the HJC would you trust any of them ?

      HJC – Political Council members
      Nick Boles MP ( zionist with Israeli boyfriend)
      Robert Halfon MP ( zionist Israel firster )
      Rt Hon Hazel Blears
      Chris Bryant MP

      Director of HJC is Dr Alan Mendoza.

      Alan Mendoza the Executive Director is a Conservative party member. I have previously written about Mendoza’s speech to the pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC where his agenda seemed to be to raise fear about Muslims emigrating to Europe[3].

      Another AGENT of the HJC is fake muslim Raheem Kassam

      HJC funding in part is said to come from the right wing extremist LIKUD PARTY.

      What are Carswell’s motives — see game theory warfare.

  2. Dogman says:

    The stealing of kids from families needs dealing with. I’ve read documents about cases where families have suffered at the hands of certain corrupt individuals and it is obviously orgainsed. I hope this link to the video Traffic works, as somebody appears keen to suppress it.

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