Libel damages paid to UK pro-life charity

Catholic News Agency | 2/21/2019 | Staff
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London, England, Feb 21, 2019 / 11:00 am (CNA).- A British pro-life charity has been awarded thousands of pounds in a court case after a local government council made libellous statements about the group last year.

Lambeth Council in south London paid £5,000 to Life, a non-sectarian pro-life organization, after the UK’s High Court ruled that statements from the council were libellous and damaging.

News - Payment - Statement - Read - Court

News of the payment was released in a statement read in the High Court Feb. 19, with lawyers representing Life relating the distress the council’s actions had caused to staff and volunteers.

The libel case centered on events at the Lambeth Country Show held in July last year, when organizers at the event disassembled the stall operated by Life and evicted staff and volunteers from the grounds.

Eviction - Series - Tweets - Lambeth - Council

The eviction followed a series of tweets by Lambeth Council member Ed Davie in response to several twitter users who objected to the pro-life organization being permitted to have a stall at the show.

Davie said in July that Life “wasn’t officially allowed” to exhibit at the show, were “not on the approved list of exhibitors,” and that he would “make sure” they were not permitted to remain at the grounds during the festival.

Event - Brockwell - Park - London - People

The annual event was held in Brockwell Park, south London, and was attended by approximately 150,000 people over the course of the weekend of July 21, 2018.

Davie went on to claim that Life had used “inaccurate information” in their application to exhibit at the show. Lambeth Council’s official Twitter account repeated that allegation later that day.

Claims - Life - Press - Days

The claims against Life were repeated in the national press in subsequent days.

Life offers information and support to women in crisis pregnancies and provides accommodation for homeless pregnant women.

Organization - Charity - Application - Submission - Lambeth

The organization said they explicitly described themselves as “a pro-life charity” in their application. Their submission to Lambeth...
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