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UKIP’s Nigel Farage facing High Court threat from Amjad Bashir
7 April 2015
- From the section Election 2015
UKIP leader Nigel Farage is facing legal action from an ex-UKIP MEP who defected to the Tories, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show has learned.
Amjad Bashir’s lawyers have written to Mr Farage asking him to publicly withdraw a range of allegations he made in January and pay damages.
The letter says otherwise he could face possible libel action in the High Court.
A UKIP spokesman said: “UKIP does not take part in trial by television.”
But it said it could not comment further while the legal case was ongoing.
Mr Bashir – MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber – joined the Conservatives in January, saying that UKIP had become a “party of ruthless self-interest” and had a “ridiculous” lack of policies.
But hours before his defection was to be made public he was suspended by UKIP, which said in a press release it was over “unanswered financial and employment questions”.
The following day, Mr Farage said he had become “increasingly alarmed” by Mr Bashir’s behaviour and that his “only surprise” was that the Conservative Party had accepted him as a member.
At the time Mr Bashir dismissed all the allegations – made on BBC One’s Andrew Marr programme and an interview on the Daily Telegraph and ITV websites – as “totally wrong” and an attempt to “muddy the waters”.
Now the Victoria Derbyshire programme has seen a nine-page legal letter from Mr Bashir’s solicitors, Atkins Thompson, sent in mid-March to Mr Farage and UKIP chairman Steve Crowther.
The letter says: “There can be no other conclusion that [the allegations] were published as part of a deliberate campaign on the part of UKIP and its most senior officers to discredit Mr Bashir in retaliation for his decision to join the Conservative Party.”
It demands that a press release detailing the allegations is removed from the UKIP website; that an apology to Mr Bashir is made in open court; and that damages and legal costs are paid.
“Contrary to the impression given by the press release, [Mr Bashir] had no forewarning of what UKIP had decided to allege,” the letter says.
In a statement, Mr Bashir said: “As soon as the various allegations were made it became clear that I had no choice but to pursue legal advice.
“I have taken that advice, we have compiled a case, and this now remains in the hands of my lawyers.”
He said he would not comment further on the case while it is still ongoing.
The BBC understands that lawyers representing both Mr Farage and Mr Crowther have asked for extra time to consider the letter and will respond by mid-April.
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This all seems to have been deliberately ignored in recent days, leading us to expect that Nigel Farage, Steve Crowther and a list of others amongst their associates may well. within the next week or two, find themselves in Court facing very substantial fines and liable to punitive damages.
Clearly this article CLICK HERE would seem to overstep the mark legally, this it was also the product of Breitbart, this time written by the close associate of Nigel Farage Raheem Kassam who is passed off as The Editor of Brietbart the callibre of which being shown by their editors comment and language:
So imagine how utterly unsurprised I was, given my history with the Shakespeare wanker, to see that two ‘Vote Leave’ senior figures have already started slagging off UKIP and its members: Daniel Hannan MEP and Gisela Stuart MP.
Also high on the list of those flouting the law are displayed by these screen shots over the last few days:
Well it does look as if Nigel Farage & Steve Crowther are likely to appear being closely followed in the Courts by Breitbart, Raheem Kassam, Mick McGough, Annabelle Fuller and Mike Hookem MEP. None of whom would seem to have made it clear that the articles and facts to which the allude as being subject to an appology as libel and liable to possible punitive damages!
It is sad to see those making a pretence of rejecting membership of the EU so willing to undermise their claims to wish to Leave-The-EU, with their language and behaviour!
It will however be interesting to see how long they are silenced and how savage are the fines and damages as they bring the body political into disrepute at this crucial time in Britain’s history.
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