The Star has some catching up to do:
Ukip politician wins delay in paying compensation to Rotherham MPs in slander and libel case
A legal bid by Rotherham’s three Labour MPs to get compensation from a Ukip MEP over remarks she made about the town’s child abuse scandal has come to a halt.
MEP Jane Collins has been sued for slander and libel by Sir Kevin Barron, MP for Rother Valley, John Healey, who represents Wentworth and Dearne, and Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham.
Ruling to be made in Rotherham sex abuse slander case
A Ukip politician who was sued for remarks she made about three Labour MPs over Rotherham’s child abuse scandal is trying to avoid paying compensation, it has been claimed.
Sir Kevin Barron, MP for Rother Valley, John Healey, who represents Wentworth and Dearne, and Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham, brought High Court proceedings for libel and slander against Euro MP for Yorkshire, Jane Collins.
MEP Jane Collins bids to avoid paying damages in grooming claims libel case
A UKIP politician sued over “extremely grave” allegations she made about Rotherham’s three Labour MPs is trying to avoid paying damages, a High Court judge heard.
Jane Collins, who represents Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire in the European parliament, claimed the town’s MPs knew about child exploitation before the publication of the Jay Report in 2014 and did not intervene.
Child sex abuse libel case on hold for EU ruling
A UKIP MEP is facing an anxious wait while the European Parliament decides whether to grant her immunity from being sued by Rotherham’s three MPs over “extremely grave” allegations she made in a speech.
Jane Collins, who represents Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, made claims at her party’s conference — in the run up to last year’s general election — that the area’s three Labour MPs knew about child exploitation in the town and did not intervene.
RR has supplied this interesting link for readers information:
Personal immunity (also called inviolabilité, Unverletzlichkeit or Unverfolgbarkeit, improcedibilità) safeguards MEPs’ independence, protecting them from pressure in the form of threats of arrest or legal proceedings. Its scope depends on national rules, as well as on EU law: in particular, when Members are on the territory of their own Member State, they are entitled to the same protection that domestic law grants to Members of the national Parliament. It is only when Members are in another Member State, or are travelling to or from the place of meeting of the European Parliament, that they are covered by an immunity whose scope is defined exclusively by EU law. Personal immunity applies only for the duration of the Member’s mandate, but it also covers acts committed before its commencement. It extends to any proceedings, if punitive in nature, but does not apply to Members caught in flagrante delicto. Personal immunity may be waived by the European Parliament. The Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament, the case-law of the Court of Justice, and the practice of the Committee on Legal Affairs clarify how cases of immunity are dealt with and which general principles apply in such cases
(from the Executive Summary)