MEP due to pay libel damages to Rotherham's MPs

MEP due to pay libel damages to Rotherham's MPs

By Sam Cooper | 27/02/2017

MEP due to pay libel damages to Rotherham's MPs
Jane Collins

A HIGH Court deadline for MEP Jane Collins to pay hundreds of thousands of pounds in libel damages and costs to Rotherham’s three MPs expires later today.

Kevin Barron, John Healey and Sarah Champion are all entitled to £54,000 each from the UKIP MEP after remarks she made about Rotherham’s child abuse scandal were adjudged to be libellous.

She claimed in a 2014 conference speech that the MPs knew about child exploitation in the town but did nothing to intervene and failed in a court bid to prove she was entitled to MEPs’ immunity.

Ms Collins also faces a legal costs bill of around £196,000 together with the £162,000 damages, making a total bill of £358,000.

At a hearing on February 6, she was ordered to pay the £162,000 and £120,000 of the costs - a total of £282,000 within 21 days.

Ms Champion, Mr Healey and Sir Kevin pledged to donate any money they receive to charity.

Speaking after the hearing, Ms Champion said: “If we do get the money it will be fabulous to give some of it to children’s charities, in particular those that work with survivors of abuse, but the likelihood that we ever get a penny is very small.”

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