Robert Buckland’s comments on protecting suspects are not policy, Downing Street says

The new justice secretary, Robert Buckland, has received an extraordinary rebuff from Downing Street after saying he believed there was merit in allowing people accused of serious crimes to remain anonymous until they were charged – provided they had reputations to protect.

The comments have been criticised by the Society of Editors as well as some victims campaign groups, though several prominent lawyers and MPs have backed Buckland.

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