01 October 2008
MP wins £10k compensation in libel case
An MP from the south Devon market town of Totnes has secured a £10,000 payout in a libel case, it has been revealed.
Anthony Steen took legal action over a story published in the Western Morning News which had the headline "I should have my own taxi! - MP's outburst over claim for special travel allowances".
In the article, the publication suggested that the politician took taxis because he did not like to use public transport, HoldTheFrontPage.co.uk cites Media Lawyer as reporting.
As well as receiving a payout, Mr Steen received a written apology.
The Western Morning News said: "We accept that [the] allegations are totally untrue and that Mr Steen was misreported in a number of respects."
It went on to state: "We accept that any suggestion that Mr Steen wishes to take advantage of the public purse is wrong."
The paper added that it apologises for the distress and embarrassment caused to the MP as a result of the story.