12 December 2011
Ex-MP wins defamation case
A former MP is set to receive compensation after the High Court ruled he had been victim of defamation.
Nigel Waterson, who was the Conservative representative for Eastbourne until last year's general election, was described as an "expenses scandal MP" within campaign leaflets distributed by his Liberal Democrat rival for the seat, Stephen Lloyd.
Mr Lloyd was victorious in the poll and is now MP for Eastbourne and Willingdon, but Mr Waterson launched legal action against him last December on the grounds such information was false and defamatory.
According to Mr Waterson's representation at the case, his expenses claims for a second home outside of London were "clearly proper and within the rules", but he was still labelled an abuser of the system in Liberal Democrat materials.
Damages and costs will be set at a later date but Mr Waterson declared himself happy that the "damaging and baseless accusations" had been discounted as false.
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Posted by Trusha Vyas