Tory MP Wins Defamation Case Against Press TV

Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi has won his defamation case against Press TV, the fake news channel affiliated to the Iranian state broadcaster. Zahawi is of Kurdish background and was born in Iraq, before coming to the UK when he was a young boy. In July 2015 it implied he facilitated the trade of oil between ISIL and the State of Israel. The story was picked up and repeated by left-wingers on social media.

The Iranian broadcaster did not defend the libel action. The High Court in London will rule on damages and costs at a later hearing. Nadhim Zahawi says:

“The ludicrous allegation that I, while a Member of Parliament, had firstly betrayed all of my deepest held moral principles, and secondly had somehow managed to avoid international security services, and the law, to personally trade oil with ISIL was seemingly unbelievable. The accusation was clearly calculated to be as damaging as possible to someone from my background.

Despite having no basis in anything close to reality, except for my having been born in Iraq, rumours spread like wildfire on social media and clearly some people believed them. In my role as a member the Foreign Affairs Committee, I have often spoken out against the malign influence Iran has so often chosen to exercise in international affairs. But it was extremely upsetting, worrying and unexpected to have been targeted by a foreign government in this way.”

Zahawi’s lawyers had to serve the writ on the Iranian regime in Tehran. Press TV’s operation in London is claiming it has no funds to pay what will likely be 7-figure costs and damages. So Nadhim may end up bankrupting them or getting payment from the Iranian regime. Strange that Press TV always  had enough money to pay Corbyn, Ken and Galloway’s fees…

Bawdy Brexit Judges’ Supreme Court Smut

A rude moment over at the Supreme Court as Lord Mance cannot resist a “withdrawal” pun. Filth.

Brooks Newmark Still Trying To Hide Shame

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This morning Guido got a notice from Google at the behest of Carter Ruck telling us they were going to take the links to Newmark’s selfies out of the Google search index. This is counter-productive because it just gives Guido an excuse to put the images up again and back into the Google search index.

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What is the point after being splashed all over the Sunday front pages week after week? If you want to see the futility of Newmark wasting his money on Carter-Ruck look at this list of sites hosting the images. Brooks, we know you read Guido, please Google “Streisand effect” and save your money.

Legal Luvvies Forget Achievement of Notable Female Tory Barrister

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A Law Society backed initiative called ‘The First 100 Years’  has published a timeline celebrating the achievements of women connected to the law profession. Certainly a noble project, or so you might think. Former solicitor Nicola Sturgeon is a deserved inclusion, Baroness Scotland makes the cut and so does Shami Chakrabarti, though for some reason they neglect to mention her more recent work. Curiously there is a gap between 1977 and 1980. The lefty legal establishment must have forgotten the achievement of a certain female Tory barrister in that time…

H/T Law Gazette

Mad Professor Wants to Prosecute Vote Leave Boss

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Professor bob Watt, an expert in electoral law from the University of Buckingham, has made a complaint about “undue influence” to the Director of Public Prosecutions. Under electoral law “undue influence” includes the use of “a fraudulent device or contrivance” to “impede or prevent or intend to impede or prevent the free exercise of the franchise”. The eccentric Professor “bob” – he insists on the lower case ‘b’ –  claims there were “instances where the leave campaigns continued to make assertions of fact that were knowingly misleading”. In particular the famous £350 million claim.

He says his “primary aim in seeking prosecution is to try to restore some integrity to our democratic processes.” Good luck with that…

This is beyond quixotic, Vote Leave CEO Matthew Ellliott will simply explain that £350 million is equivalent to the gross weekly payment, not the net weekly payment once the rebate and other transfers are taken into account. Therefore the headline figure is true before those qualifications. Any reasonable person examining the claim – which was widely contested – would understand how the figure was arrived at. In the debates Michael Gove and others conceded that the net figure was less.

Professor “bob” has had success before – he was one of the people behind the election petition against Lutfur Rahman cronies. In that case there was out and out political corruption. Are we seriously expecting judges to rule on the phrasing of political slogans?

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High Court Rules Parliament WILL Vote on Article 50

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No news as yet as to if the government will appeal. Ironically this presents a big problem for Corbyn. Many on his backbenches will vote against triggering Article 50. Against the will of the voters…

UPDATE: Read the full ruling here.

UPDATE II: Government statement:

“The Government is disappointed by the Court’s judgment. The country voted to leave the European Union in a referendum approved by Act of Parliament. And the Government is determined to respect the result of the referendum. We will appeal this judgment.”

Remain Oaf’s Pompous Brexit Whinge

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On Sunday Theresa May warned that city law firms seeking to block Brexit through the courts are “not standing up for democracy, they’re trying to subvert it”. The original letter sent around Europhile lawyers was pompous enough. But check this out from Edwin Coe LLP, who are representing hairdresser Deir Santos in his sad attempt to JR Article 50:

“Mr Santos is asserting his constitutional right to challenge the authority of the Government to exercise a right to serve the Article 50 notice. To accuse him and others of being anti-democratic is both wrong and inflammatory. It will merely serve to increase the heat in this debate which turns on simple legal and constitutional principles. The Government should not criticise the challenge but welcome it because it will give certainty to the Article 50 process. This is about the rule of law.  That issue should stand above all others. It is a principle that the Government should uphold and not damn.” 

Santos calls himself “an ordinary guy”. Get over yourself.

Brooks Newmark Gets Carter Ruck to Delete His Sext Pics from Internet

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Brooks Newmark has instructed Carter-Ruck to remove all his sext pictures from the internet. Letters have gone out from the solicitors to newspapers, who have complied with his demand because they are his copyrighted images. He used to like sharing his photos…

Now if you search the stories about him you will see that the original pictures he sent have indeed been removed. Obviously since he sent photos voluntarily to our “Sophie” this will be amusing to argue about in Court. A senior government Special Adviser has been known to share with colleagues some of the funnier – so far unpublished – pics of Brooks in his pyjamas. “‘Ere, do you want to see some dirty pictures?”

Neil Coyle Threatens to Sue Corbyn Personally

Neil Coyle is “fuming” after Corbyn’s campaign included his name in a list of Labour MPs who have, they claim, “abused” the leadership.[…] Read the rest

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Crowdfunded Juncker Legal Challenge

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Jean-Claude Juncker is in hot water after issuing a potentially unlawful decree to EU commissioners ordering them not to negotiate with Britain. Juncker told them he was using a “Presidential order” to block talks, but embarrassingly the Commission was later forced to admit no such thing exists. […] Read the rest

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Vaz Charity Retains Carter Ruck

Keith Vaz’s diabetes charity Silver Star made the front page of the Telegraph yesterday and was covered extensively in the Mail and the Sun. The allegation – fiercely denied – is that the rent boys at Keith/Jim’s flat received money from a man linked to the charity.[…] Read the rest

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Keith Vaz Threatens to Sue

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Keith Vaz’s lawyers are threatening to sue his neighbouring MP, Andrew Bridgen:

Dear Mr Bridgen

We act on behalf of your fellow Leicestershire MP, Keith Vaz.

Our client has been, for quite some time, aware that you have been maliciously spreading false and highly defamatory scuttlebutt about him.

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Mail Retracts “Escort” Story After Trump Hires Gawker-Bankrupting Lawyer

The Daily Mail has issued a lengthy, grovelling retraction after Melania Trump filed a lawsuit against them in a Maryland court for publishing claims she was once an escort. Trump’s attorney Charles Harder is suing them for $150 million:

“Defendants broadcast their lies to millions of people throughout the US and the world. 

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Burgon Impressing Shadow Cabinet Colleagues in New Brief

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There was much snobbery from Labour moderates when Richard Burgon landed the role of Shadow Justice Secretary, but he has quickly forged a reputation as one of the Shadow Cabinet’s top thinkers. Each week, members of the Shadow Cabinet “legislation committee” meet to discuss policy.[…] Read the rest

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Labour Wins Appeal to Block New Corbynista Voters

The Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of Labour and agreed that 130,000 new supporters who registered since January should not be allowed to vote in the Labour leadership contest. Will the Corbynistas appeal?

UPDATE: The five Corbynista complainants say they want to appeal to the Supreme Court but permission is refused.[…] Read the rest

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Sun Names Elton John

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The Sun won their four-month long legal battle to report on Elton John’s sexual harassment case settlement. I guess that’s why they call it the news…[…] Read the rest

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