24 January 2008
Politician enjoys victory in libel case
Labour politician Stephen Hesford has won his year-long libel case against Tory rival Esther McVey, it has been revealed.
According to reports in the Liverpool Daily Post, he secured £6,500 in damages from the Conservative MP, who agreed to a settlement last week before the pair were due to appear at Chester high court.
Mr Hesford sued her after she accused him in her blog of planning to take part in what she described as a cricket "junket" to Australia and New Zealand.
Ms McVey has also been instructed to display an apology on her blog stating that Mr Hesford "never intending to participate in the entirety of the tour" and had decided to withdraw from it before she wrote about it.
Commenting on the case, the Labour MP said: "I think that people will start to wonder about my Tory opponent. Not only was she willing to publish false material, she was unwilling to make proper amends until forced to do so."
Mr Hesford has been the MP for Wirral West since 1997.