Theresa May has rejected calls for Cliff Richard’s law which would give anonymity to sex assault suspects until they’re charged.
It comes after Sir Cliff has won a High Court privacy battle with the BBC over its coverage of a police search of his home.
Tory former minister Anna Soubry raised the case in the Commons – urging the Prime Minister to consider introducing "Cliff’s law" which would restrict the media from naming suspects until they are charged.
She said: "Would the Prime Minister look again now at changing the law so that a suspect is not named by the media, except in exceptional cases, until such time as they’re charged?
"I’m more than happy to call it Cliff’s law, but can she please agree to at least look at it because Sir Cliff is not alone and it’s not confined to sexual offences, suspects should not be named by the media until such time as they’re charged."
Theresa May told MPs she had looked at the issue while home secretary, adding: "This is a difficult issue, it does have to be dealt with sensitively.
"There may well be cases where actually the publication of a name enables other victims to come forward and therefore to strengthen the case against an individual."
Sir Cliff Richard won a High Court privacy battle with the BBC over its coverage of a police search of his home.
A judge awarded Sir Cliff £210,000 – and he could get much more.
The 77-year-old singer hugged friends after the ruling and as he left court fans clapped and sang his hit song Congratulations.
"I’m choked up," he said. "I can’t believe it. It’s wonderful news."
Sir Cliff took legal action against BBC bosses over broadcasts of a South Yorkshire Police raid on his home in Sunningdale, Berkshire, in August 2014, following a child sex assault allegation.
Mr Justice Mann said the BBC infringed the star’s privacy rights in a "serious and sensationalist way".
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