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Saturday, 15 September, 2001, 14:34 GMT 15:34 UK
Hamilton seeks sex assault law change
Neil and Christine Hamilton
The Hamiltons were accused of sexual assault
Former Tory minister Neil Hamilton has called for a change in the law surrounding cases of alleged sexual assault.

Speaking to members of a men's civil rights organisation in London, Mr Hamilton said he would "leave no stone unturned" to try and discourage what he described as the "epidemic" of false allegations.

Last month the Metropolitan police eliminated Mr Hamilton and his wife, Christine, from an investigation into allegations of sexual assault made by Nadine Milroy-Sloan.

Ms Milroy-Sloan had accused the Hamiltons of performing indecent acts on her while she was being raped at a flat in Ilford, Essex in May.

I'm not just going to wash my hands of this case and go back to normal life

Neil Hamilton
During the police investigation Mr and Mrs Hamilton were critical of the law which allows alleged victims of sexual assaults to remain anonymous but not those accused.

Ms Milroy-Sloan later waived her right to anonymity and was interviewed by a Sunday newspaper.

Mr Hamilton said being ruled out as a suspect had not lessened his determination to seek a change in the law.

"I'm not just going to wash my hands of this case and go back to normal life, in so far as that phrase means anything for the Hamiltons."

Libel action

"There is now, as the world knows, the opportunity for any gold-digger to come forward and make a set of false allegations against somebody who has a high profile."

Mr Hamilton said he would use contacts in parliament and the media to attempt to change the law.

Investigations concerning other allegations made by Ms Milroy-Sloan - not connected to the Hamiltons - are continuing.

Nadine Milroy-Sloan
The Hamiltons are suing Nadine Milroy-Sloan

The man accused of raping her has been bailed to return to Ilford police station on 10 October.

The Hamiltons are now suing Ms Milroy-Sloan for libel.

Last month a High Court judge ruled assets belonging to Ms Milroy-Sloan would remain frozen until the case had been resolved.

Mr and Mrs Hamilton said they were not bringing the action to make money but to uphold their reputation and deny Ms Milroy-Sloan the chance to make a profit.

If successful the proceeds would be passed to the Police Orphans Fund, the Hamiltons said.

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