Lambeth forced to pay damages after Life slurs
Life charity has welcomed the agreement by Lambeth Council to pay it damages following publication of libellous statements about its wrongful eviction from the Lambeth Country Show last year.
Lambeth Council has also publicly apologised for making inaccurate statements about Life’s application for the event.
In a statement read in the High Court today, Life’s lawyers spoke about the distress of its staff and volunteers at its unlawful expulsion on the second day of the county show. To compound matters, Life was publicly defamed when Lambeth Councillor Ed Davie erroneously claimed on Twitter that Life had attended the Show without permission, as he vowed to ensure they were not there on the second day.
Mr Davie and Lambeth Council itself later tweeted that Life had used inaccurate information to make the booking.
All these statements were untrue. Life had provided accurate and detailed information about its organisation, and its exhibits on the stall when it was booked several months before the show. Its presence had been fully approved.
Life’s Head of Advocacy Liz Parsons said: “Lambeth’s agreement to settle this matter through a payment of damages is a victory for common sense and freedom of expression.
“In a climate where the pro-life voice is being shut down, we want to be clear that we are going nowhere. The stall at Lambeth sought to educate people about the unborn baby and advertise our care services for pregnant women, including those who are homeless or in need of emotional and practical support. We must, and will challenge any organisation which tries in any way to impede this work.”
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