25 January 2011
Former MP launches libel claim against successor
A Sussex MP is facing a claim for damages on the grounds of libel from his predecessor, it has been revealed.
Former Conservative Eastbourne MP Nigel Waterson - who represented the region in parliament between 1992 and 2010 - has launched legal action against Stephen Lloyd, the Liberal Democrat MP who has worked for organisations such as the Federation of Small Businesses in the past and succeeded him following last May's general election.
This case, which has been submitted to the High Court, is based around information produced on a leaflet used during Mr Lloyd's campaign prior to the public vote last year which Mr Waterson states is false.
The Liberal Democrat candidate alleged that his rival had been part of the MPs expenses scandal, but the former official was quoted by the BBC as labelling these points as "unfounded and damaging".
"This is not a matter of sour grapes," he added.
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Posted by Richard Saunders