Caven Vines reprimanded after falsely alleging Labour’s John Healey and Kevin Barron knew about child sexual exploitation scandal but had failed to act
The former leader of Ukip in Rotherham has been ordered to pay £80,000 in damages to two local Labour MPs for falsely alleging that they knew about the city’s child sexual exploitation scandal but failed to act.
Speaking to Sky News in January last year, Caven Vines, the former leader of Ukip on Rotherham council, claimed that the MP for Wentworth and Dearne, John Healey, and the MP for Rother Valley, Sir Kevin Barron, “knew what was going on”.
A ruling from the high court deemed Vines’s comments to have been defamatory and Mr Justice Warby awarded Barron and Healey £40,000 each in damages on Wednesday. He said the ruling “strikes an appropriate balance between the need to vindicate the claimants’ reputation and compensate them fairly for the harm done, and the need to avoid overchilling freedom of speech in the political arena”.
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Rotherham MPs win libel damages over child abuse remarks
An ex-UKIP councillor has been ordered to pay £80,000 in damages to two Labour MPs over remarks he made about the Rotherham’s child abuse scandal.
Caven Vines claimed during an interview in January 2015 the MPs knew about the abuse but did not intervene.
MPs Sir Kevin Barron and John Healey were awarded £40,000 each in libel damages at the High Court in London.
Mr Justice Warby said the “offensive and wrong” allegation had caused “real anger and distress”.
Lawyers for the MPs said the allegation was “extremely grave” and could not have been more serious for politicians serving constituencies in the town, ahead of the General Election.
Read on… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-36427499
Former Ukip councillor ordered to pay £80,000 in libel damages to Labour MPs
Caven Vines, his party’s former leader on Rotherham Borough Council, claimed John Healey and Sir Kevin Barron had known about child abuse in the area before it was exposed.
The two said in a statement that legal action had been needed because Mr Vines “refused to apologise or admit his allegations… which were totally untrue”.
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MPs win £40,000 libel pay-out from Ukip politician over Rotherham abuse claims
Two Rotherham Labour MPs have each won £40,000 in their libel action against a Ukip politician about remarks he made about the town’s child sexual exploitation scandal .
Sir Kevin Barron, MP for Rother Valley and John Healey, who represents Wentworth and Dearne, sued Caven Vines, who was Ukip’s leader on Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, over a live Sky News interview in January 2015.
Last year, Mr Justice Warby entered judgment against Mr Vines after concluding he had failed to put forward any defence which could possibly succeed.
At London’s High Court on Wednesday, the judge said that the “offensive and wrong” allegation that the MPs knew for years most of what was going on by way of large-scale sexual abuse – and let it go on despite such knowledge – had caused them “real anger and distress”.
Read on… http://www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2016/06/01/mps-win-40000-libel-pay-out-from-ukip-politician-over-rotherham-abuse-claims/