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


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

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.