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Judge awards damages for libel of the claimant Labour MPs against former UKIP councillor

Barron MP & Anor v Vines [2016] EWHC 1226 (QB)

Related Member(s):
Gavin Millar QC, Sara Mansoori
Related Practice Area(s):
Media and Information Law

The court assessed damages for a libel of the claimants published by the defendant via a broadcast TV interview in January 2015. The defendant, a UKIP councillor, had alleged that the claimants, who were Labour MPs for the Rotherham area, had been aware of large-scale child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, and had done nothing to bring the perpetrators to justice. The court awarded each claimant £40,000.

Gavin Millar QC and Sara Mansoori were involved in this case.