It's not too late to write to your MP

Written by Robert Sharp
April 16, 2013
Category: England & Wales

It’s not too late to write to your MP to make sure vital new additions to the Defamation Bill are agreed today.

If your MP is a back bencher please urge them to vote against any amendment removing the new clause placing restrictions on companies. This new clause does not prevent companies from suing for defamation. It simply requires companies to show that they have experienced financial loss before a case can proceed.

How can it be right that a company can claim libel damage – pursue it through expensive court proceedings and even take someone’s house to pay for it - and yet not be required to show that it actually happened?

If your MP is on the front bench please urge them to support Sir Peter Bottomley’s amendment to the public interest defence that would ensure it doesn't revert back to the current complicated and costly law.