The Court of Queen’s Bench and the House of Lords had to decide whether a person deprived of an opportunity to vote when they had a legal right to do so had a cause of action in tort.

If a statute gives a right the common law will provide a remedy to maintain it where there is injury or damage in spite of parliamentary privilege.

The Court of Appeal had to decide whether it had jurisdiction to decide if a decision of the Boundary Commission could be challenged.

The Court of Appeal held that the court would not intervene unless the claimant could prove that the Boundary Commission’s recommendations and conclusions were such that no reasonable commission could have made them.