Many people will know that my family and I have been subject to a
campaign of false allegations by Esther Baker for the past 4 1/2
years. Yesterday there was a court judgment Baker v Hemming
 EWHC 2950 (QB) which formally confirmed that the
allegations were false. Esther Baker, who had brought a libel
claim against me, dropped her defence of Truth to my counter-claim
and was taken by the judge as no longer trying to prove her
allegations. Due to Baker's various breaches of court rules and
orders, she has been barred from further repeating her allegations
even in the court proceedings. Further claim of mine in libel
against Baker are ongoing. There is a good summary in the Daily
This demonstrates the challenge in fighting false allegations in
today's Britain. A substantial campaign was built up to promote
allegations which had no substance to them. Various Labour MPs and
Click here to try the beta test call entre phoning service"John Hemming, who has created an internet Startup called Cirrostratus
since he ceased being an MP, is launching a free online service to make
life easier for people phoning call centres. The service is provided
by Cirrostratus, but the SIP backbone is provided by the multi-award
winning business VoIP solution, Soho66."
John said, "Many people find phoning call centres a real pain. Our
service is aiming to make things a lot easier. One click on alink or
the bookmarks list and our server will phone up the call centre and get
through all the menus. This is a lot faster than when people have to
phone up and is less irritating."
"Additionally the system uses WebRtc and the internet to make the call.
This means that people don't find their normal phone system being
blocked whilst they hang on the line waiting to speak to a human being."
Marketing Manager from Soho66, David McManus, said: &q…
One thing I used to do when I was the Member of Parliament for Yardley was to call together meetings of all of the religious organisations in Yardley as a Yardley multi-faith group. In many ways it is the creation of informal links between people that makes communication easier even if there is no formal decision making power.
Obviously this is something I would intend to do again if the people of Yardley ask me to take on the responsibility of representing them in parliament.
It highlights the sort of thing that politicians can do which arises from a leadership role within communities rather than any constitutional position.
I have already written in an earlier blog post about the principles of resolving conflict. It can be summarised as "murdering innocents is wrong".
A number of local mosques have issued statements following the atrocity in Manchester and I think it is worth quoting from parts of them.