Monday, May 01, 2006
Labour Forced to Recall 'Racist' Leaflet
My spies tell me that Labour have until 2pm on Tuesday to print and deliver a new election address in a ward in south-east London after a sitting Labour councillor effectively called one of the Tory candidates a racist in it (the charge was repeated at a hustings as well apparently). Libel lawyers Carter Ruck got involved and informed Labour that they should issue a full retraction to every house they delivered to. At first Labour did nothing and said they were "consulting their lawyers" but then it was pointed out that it was their houses that were at stake should a libel case reach court and they suffer Carter Ruck's costs. They agreed they would deliver a new address retracting all libelous comments by Tuesday.