Joint statement from Kevin Barron MP, John Healey MP & Sarah Champion MP
Reacting to this afternoon’s judgement in which UKIP have been found liable to contribute towards the legal costs in the three MPs’ successful defamation case against Jane Collins MEP, they said:
“This judgement confirms UKIP used the unfounded allegations by Jane Collins for political advantage. At the highest level UKIP knew Jane Collins’ case was ‘hopeless’ but blocked any settlement in our favour before the 2015 General Election because they believed it would win them votes. This deliberate strategy delayed the full vindication we finally won, and hugely increased the legal costs.”
“This means UKIP will rightly pay a substantial share of the legal bill. Their actions behind the scenes forced the costs to soar and compounded the damage from Jane Collins’ unfounded allegations.”
Estimates suggest UKIP will have to pay at least £200 000 of the total legal bill which stood at £660 000, before this hearing. The final figure will be determined by a judge through a detailed assessment of costs.
UKIP ordered to pay £200k of MEP Jane Collins’ libel bill
UKIP has been ordered to pay £200,000 of MEP Jane Collins’ rising libel bill for comments she made about Rotherham’s three MPs.
The High Court ruled today that UKIP was responsible for paying an estimated £200,000 of Ms Collins’ £690,000 legal costs because it had been found responsible for delaying the case. Over the past 12 months her legal costs bill has increased by nearly
Ukip edged towards bankruptcy by judge’s decision on legal costs
Judge rules party must contribute to £660,000 legal bill of MEP who lost defamation action brought by three Labour MP
Ukip has been edged closer to financial ruin after a judge ruled the party must contribute towards a £660,000 legal bill following a defamation action brought against one of its MEPs by three Labour MPs.
Last year, Jane Collins was successfully sued by Sarah Champion, Sir Kevin Barron and John Healey, whom she had accused in 2014 of ignoring child sex abuse in Rotherham.
Jane Collins defamation case: UKIP delayed case
UKIP “deliberately delayed” settlement of a libel case for “political advantage” ahead of the 2015 general election, the High Court has ruled.
The case was brought by three Rotherham Labour MPs over comments made by UKIP MEP Jane Collins about the Rotherham child abuse scandal.
Mr Justice Warby said the defamation action would have been “swiftly” settled had UKIP not interfered.
He added the party should be held liable for some of the costs.