Rotherham MPs take legal action against 2 UKIP politicians
Rotherham MPs Sarah Champion, John Healey and Kevin Barron are to sue UKIP MEP Jane Collins for libel and slander after she suggested at UKIP’s conference in Doncaster that the three MPs “knew many of the details of what was happening” referring to the years of child abuse exposed by the Alexis Jay report.
Libel action is now also being taken by Kevin Barron and John Healey against Rotherham UKIP group leader Caven Vines after he repeated similar accusations about the two MPs in an interview with Sky News broadcast on Monday 5th January.
In a joint statement, Sarah Champion MP, John Healey MP and Kevin Barron MP said:
“It is sickening that UKIP could use such an important issue for party-political point-scoring, and we will challenge these defamatory accusations through every means available to prove they are untrue and to stop UKIP exploiting the terrible abuse for their own political gain.”
This is now an ongoing legal matter and it would be inappropriate to comment further.
Rt Hon John Healey MP | Member of Parliament for Wentworth & Dearne
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