Ex-Tory treasurer Peter Cruddas wins £180,000 libel award
Billionaire businessman also awarded interim costs of £500,000 against The Sunday Times
James Cusick is political correspondent of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. As an experienced member of the lobby, he has previously worked at The Sunday Times and the BBC. His career as a journalist has been split between print and television, including senior positions as producer with Sir David Frost and at BBC Newsnight. He is also an award-winning golf and travel writer, working for over a decade as the UK contributing editor for one of the USA’s leading golf magazines. He broadcasts regularly for the BBC and CNN. He lives in London.
Wednesday 31 July 2013
Peter Cruddas, the former co-treasurer of the Conservative Party, has been awarded damages of £180,000 plus interim costs of £500,000 after winning a libel action against The Sunday Times.
The billionaire businessman brought the claim against Rupert Murdoch's News UK and two members of The Sunday Times Insight team over three articles published in 2012. The articles alleged Mr Cruddas put a cash donation price, in breach of UK electoral law, on the opportunity to influence government policy and gain unfair advantage through secret meetings with the Prime Minister and other senior ministers.
His lawyers also challenged the Insight claim that he was content that the foreign donors would conceal the source of the donation.
Mr Cruddas also succeeded in his claim for malicious falsehood but no separate damages award was made.
The overall bill for the libel action, including The Sunday Times' own legal costs, is likely to be over a £1m.
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