It has been announced this morning that UKIP could be found to pay the liable cost of the court case between Jane Colins and the three Labour Rotherham Mps, could this lead to UKIPs bankruptcy.
The image going around social media today supposedly from the UKIP leader Henry Bolton in a bid to rid the UKIP NEC shows the UKIP leader Henry Bolton and the message saying ‘UKIP NEC has confirmed that UKIP is exposed to a large payment in relation to Jane Collins MEP legal expenses ect Janes libel case could end up costing UKIP & Jane up to £650.000.’
Henry Bolton the UKIP leader is blaming the NEC for having signed a document exposing the Party to liability.
This morning around 8.30 this comment was made by the Yorkshire and North Lincolshire UKIP MEP Jane Collins.
RE- JANE COLLINS vs SARAH CHAMPION/JOHN HEALEY/KEVIN BARON LIBEL CASE.
Just to make things crystal clear, I Jane Collins did not join UKIP to my libel case.
In recent correspondence from the labour parties solicitors to UKIP asking UKIP to be joined to my libel case SOMEONE from UKIP said “YES”
I don’t know who but someone signed up to be joined to the libel action.
Bizarre indeed !
Since following Facebook posts from other UKIP Members including the Leadership candidate and UKIP Indigo group lead spokesperson Ben Walker who also tweeted
‘I think a little clarity is required
Who signed the letter accepting joint liablity for the Labour legal case?
It’s my understanding it was the leader?
It seems that many UKIP members think Henry Bolton is out to put the NEC in a bad light so UKIP members will get behind him and reform the party.
Nigel Farage’s Brussels speechwriter, trusted aide and former mistress Annabelle Fuller (Trixy Sanderson) has since said that she has inside knowledge from two UKIP MEPs and a well placed source after the UKIP Leader asked for links about the leak about the his knowledge on the UKIP liable sign up. She also added that ‘Shamash and Steel wrote to UKIP to ask if they would be joint litigants, not expecting a ‘yes’.
Many UKIP members have since asked NEC members to confirm if this sign up was the case, an NEC member said that NEC members couldn’t disclose any information.
Some asked for the Party’s Chairman Paul Oakden for a statement.
An hour ago this statement was put out by the Party’s Secretary.
UKIP Party Secretary
Published Jan 28, 2018
UKIP has been added as a party to the Jane Collins defamation case as to costs only. This is because in 2014-2015 UKIP financially assisted Ms Collins MEP with her defamation case out of a moral obligation.
This made UKIP a ‘pure funder’ and as such UKIP should not be found liable for any costs incurred as a result of Jane Collins’ case, regardless of the amount.
The 3 Labour MPs that sued Ms Collins are pursuing UKIP for these costs through the courts but UKIP denies all liability and is seeking to robustly defend this claim.
The majority of NEC members have changed since this date, as has the leader, chairman, treasurer and party secretary. The current NEC are however conducting this robust defence.
Adam Richardson, Party Secretary
This Statement seems really carefully worded. To clarify UKIP is fighting the case that they will be held liable for final costs?
If anyone does not know – any funder of litigation can be made liable for the costs of the person they fund where that funded person cannot pay their costs. Happens in all big ticket litigation, and especially in libel. By funding Jane Collins, UKIP has caused a substantial costs’ order to be almost inevitable.
I Have since checked the liable cost, with damages Jane was ordered to pay £358,000, damages were about £120,000, so it looks like UKIP are on the hook for something around £230,000.
With this being due around April 2018 and also another Leadership election if the UKIP members oust Henry Bolton with an NEC and the May elections could this put UKIP into Bankruptcy?