27 March 2008
Chairwoman wins damages in libel case
A Conservative local association chairwoman has won £6,000 in a libel case involving a colleague, it has been revealed.
Margaret Kalil had alleged that David Elderton, councillor for Thurstatston and West Kirby - an area situated on the north-west corner of the Wirral peninsula - had made defamatory comments about her in an email.
It was claimed that Mr Elderton had sent two emails, one of which was directed to the executive council of Wirral West Conservative Association and attacked Ms Kalil's character and integrity.
Mr Elderton, however, denied he intended to do this, saying the email was supposed to be private.
As part of an agreement drawn up in an out-of-court settlement, he issued an apology, part of which read: "Neither at the time of sending the email, nor at any subsequent time, did I ever intend for the contents of that email to suggest that you were guilty of, or associated with, any financial impropriety nor did I ever intend to cause any harm or distress to you."