Waterson v Lloyd MP and Another: CA 28 Feb 2013

The former MP for Eastbourne had brought an action for defamation against the appellant, the current MP and his agent in respect of election materials used by them. The appellants had relied on the defence of fair comment, and now appealed against rulings that the words complained of had been allegations of fact, and not comment.
The way in which the words are presented is relevant to the interpretation of their meaning


Laws, Richards, McCombe LJJ


[2013] EWCA Civ 136, [2013] EMLR 17




England and Wales

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See AlsoWaterson v Lloyd and Another QBD 26-Jul-2013
When looking at a political speech, the court should be careful of over-elaborate analysis. . .
CitedHayden v Associated Newspapers Ltd QBD 11-Mar-2020
The claimant alleged defamation by the defendant, and the court now considered the meanings of the words complained of. Another person had been held by police for seven hours after identifying the claimant as a transgendered man.
Held: The . .
CitedStocker v Stocker SC 3-Apr-2019
The parties had been married and divorced. Mrs S told M S’s new partner on Facebook that he had tried to strangle her and made other allegations. Mrs S now appealed from a finding that she had defamed him. Lord Kerr restated the approach to meaning . .
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Updated: 29 January 2022; Ref: scu.471229