09 December 2009
Derek Simpson wins libel damages
The leader of a UK union has secured damages after he made claims of libel against a publication.
Derek Simpson took legal action against the News of the World over an article it published in October suggesting he had been guilty of a breach of election rules, the Guardian reports.
In the piece, it was alleged that he had misused union funds, giving him an unfair advantage in the election held earlier this year by Unite - which claims to have around two million members.
During a recent High Court hearing, a legal representative acting on behalf of the publication said: "The News of the World apologises to Mr Simpson for this article and for the distress and embarrassment it has caused him."
The paper accepted that it had been entirely mistaken in publishing the allegations, claiming it had done so on the basis of information supplied by what it considered at the time to be a reliable source.