UKIP has been ordered to pay £200,000 of MEP Jane Collins' rising libel bill for comments she made about Rotherham's three MPs.
The High Court ruled today that UKIP was responsible for paying an estimated £200,000 of Ms Collins' £690,000 legal costs because it had been found responsible for delaying the case. Over the past 12 months her legal costs bill has increased by nearly £500,000.
Ms Collins must also pay damages of £54,000 each to MPs Sir Kevin Barron, John Healey and Sarah Champion after she claimed in 2014 they knew about child exploitation in the town but did nothing to intervene.
This brings Ms Collins' total amount to pay to around £652,000.
The MPs pledged to donate any money received to charity.