Jewish Activist Richard Millett Wins First Round of “Irony” Libel Case Against Jeremy Corbyn

Richard Millett, the Jewish activist who Jeremy Corbyn famously accused of not “understand[ing] English irony” in a 2013 speech to the Palestinian Return Centre, has this morning won the preliminary round of his High Court libel case against the former Labour leader. The tone deaf words became actionable after being discussed by Corbyn in 2018 on the Andrew Marr Programme. The case began in June last year…

Read the preliminary ruling in full here. The case continues…

See also: Rachel Riley Wins Defamation Ruling Against Laura Murray 

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Banks Spanks Electoral Commission

Arron Banks and Liz Bilney, the CEO of Leave.EU, follow in the footsteps of Darren Grimes by winning in the High Court against the Electoral Commission. Today the Electoral Commission agreed terms of settlement over the Electoral Commission’s announcement in November 2018 of its referral of Banks and Bilney to the National Crime Agency for further investigation.

The NCA stated publicly on 24 September 2019 that having investigated the matters referred by the Electoral Commission, it found that there was no evidence of any criminal offences having been committed by Banks or Bilney. The NCA further notified the Electoral Commission that its investigation showed that the monies Mr Banks used to fund the loans came from the group of companies of which Mr Banks was the ultimate beneficial owner. Today the Electoral Commission finally admitted it was wrong on all counts:

The Electoral Commission considers it was right to refer this matter to the NCA for further investigation, but confirms that it accepts (a) the NCA’s conclusions that it found no evidence that any criminal offences have been committed under PPERA or company law by Mr Banks or Ms Bilney; and (b) the NCA had not received any evidence to suggest that Mr Banks or his companies received funding from any third party.

All that nonsense about Russians? Nyet.

The official Electoral Commission statement says

The National Crime Agency, after its own investigation, has (i) concluded that there is no evidence that any criminal offences have been committed under PPERA or company law by any of the individuals or organisations referred to it by the Electoral Commission; and (ii) has stated that it has not received any evidence to suggest that Mr Banks and his companies received funding from any third party to fund the loans subject to the investigation, or that Mr Banks acted as an agent on behalf of a third party. The Electoral Commission accepts these conclusions.

The Commission’s case was absolute nonsense. Parliament has oversight of the Electoral Commission, there must be a reckoning. It is not fit for purpose…

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Rachel Riley Wins Defamation Ruling Against Laura Murray

Justice Nicklin’s ruling in the defamation case between Rachel Riley and Laura Murray has been published. The Countdown presenter has won the first round of her libel case against the former Corbyn aide. It is a quite convoluted Twitter spat from March 2019, when Ms Riley and Ms Murray exchanged tweets after Mr Corbyn was egged on a visit to the Finsbury Park Mosque in north London.

Ms Riley tweeted an image of another Tweet by Owen Jones, about an earlier time when former British National Party leader Nick Griffin was egged. Owen’s tweet said: “I think sound life advice is, if you don’t want eggs thrown at you, don’t be a Nazi.” Murray responded in a tweet that Rachel Riley was “as dangerous as she is stupid” and that “no one should engage with her”.

Murray went on “Today Jeremy Corbyn went to his local mosque for Visit My Mosque Day, and was attacked by a Brexiteer.” adding for good measure “Rachel Riley tweets that Corbyn deserves to be violently attacked because he is a Nazi.” Riley, who is Jewish and has been an outspoken critic of the Labour party’s management of antisemitism complaints, is suing Murray for £50,000 in damages, calling her words “an appalling distortion of the truth”. Murray claimed she was simply expressing an opinion in the tweet and it was not defamatory. The judge ruled it should go ahead for a full defamation hearing. The arguments were quite complicated and you can read the full ruling here.

Laura Murray, who Guido kids you not, now manages complaints against Labour for the party, will now have to prove that it is true that Rachel Riley would support violent action against Mr Corbyn or possibly lose £50,000. Do not worry that Laura Murray is a penniless Corbynista up against a rich celebrity, she is the daughter of Andrew Murray, the aristo communist Corbyn adviser and her mother finances the Communist Party. She gave Laura a £1.3 million home, neatly avoiding inheritance tax. So if Murray loses, she can just sell the property…

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Boris Prosecutor’s Crank Hypocrisy

Guido readers may fondly remember Marcus J. Ball, the slimy attention seeker who last year made a big show of trying to take Boris Johnson to court for ‘lying’ during the EU referendum. His case was not only torn to shreds by the High Court, it also concluded that £350 million is an acceptable gross figure for Britain’s weekly EU bill…

Ball has now thrust himself back into the public eye, declaring on Twitter that because Boris is a “known liar” (something the British court system clearly disagrees with), he had no choice but to send an FoI request to St Thomas’s hospital to find out whether Boris and the medical professionals who treated him were telling the truth about his serious case of coronavirus:

Legal expert Marcus thinks medical records are FoI-able…

Beyond the distasteful crankery, Guido was particularly surprised to see Ball willing to add unnecessary work to the NHS’s to-do list, especially given last month Marcus closed his ‘Stop Lying in Politics’ crowdfunder on the basis “it is simply not practical to launch legal actions at this point. The courts are not functioning at full capacity and there is a great deal of uncertainty. It is not the appropriate time.”

Ball is happy to use the excuse when it allows him to scarper with over £50,000 he creamed from gullible Remainers, and conveniently forgets his concerns in order to attack a recovering PM…

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Salmond’s QC Denies Saying the Things he was Caught Saying on Camera

A jaw-dropping video published by the Sunday Times yesterday shows Alex Salmond’s QC, Gordon Jackson, talking openly on a train about his client’s high-profile court case, including calling the former First Minister a “sex pest”, “inappropriate”, “an arse hole”, “a bully” and “stupid”, as well as risking contempt of court by naming two of the women involved in the trial. QCs do get to know their clients well during a trial…

Salmond’s QC has done the old trick of referring himself to the legal watchdog, and denied he regards Salmond as a “sex pest” – despite saying the exact phrase in the video. After Salmond’s acquittal, SNP politicians called for resignations – Guido suspects they didn’t have Salmond’s own lawyer in mind…

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Elphicke Initiates Court Proceedings Against Sunday Times

Former Dover MP Charlie Elphicke has initiated court proceedings against the Sunday Times over articles they published around April 2018, launching a libel case against the paper over the stories of alleged sex crimes that caused him to lose the whip, and ultimately losing his seat. Elphicke claims the words the Sunday Times used implied he was guilty of rape…

The full case, which can be read here, was initiated back in December, no one picked up on it now Elphicke has lost prominence along with his MP status. It will be costly either way…

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