The Hamilton Affair: The vanquished - Hamilton, a fatally flawed politician on the make who grabbed, gambled, lied and lost

LAST SATURDAY, the day after a highly favourable summing up by the judge in his libel action against Mohamed Al Fayed, the former Tory MP Neil Hamilton was musing how and when to make his political return. His formidable wife, Christine, was starting her memoirs which would chart their victory over adversity.

Jury told to ignore judge's remarks about witness in Fayed libel trial

THE JURY in the libel action brought by Neil Hamilton against Mohamed Al Fayed retired last night after failing to reach a verdict, having been instructed by the judge to ignore comments he made earlier in his summing up.

Fayed's sense of the truth could be `warped', says judge

THE JUDGE in the cash-for-questions libel action against Mohamed Al Fayed has told the jury that it would be dangerous to accept any of the evidence from the Harrods owner without corroboration as his ability to distinguish truth from fantasy may be "warped".

pounds 150,000 limit set in Hamilton case

AN AWARD of more than pounds 150,000 damages would be excessive should Neil Hamilton win his cash-for-questions libel action against Mohamed Al Fayed, a High Court jury was told today.

Hamilton downfall `caused by his bid to help Fayed' says QC

THE "TRAGEDY" of Neil Hamilton was that his downfall stemmed from trying to help the Harrods boss, Mohamed Al Fayed, the former Tory MP's QC said yesterday.

Trial halted over Fayed `the biggest crook' claim

THE LIBEL action between Neil Hamilton and Mohamed Al Fayed was halted amid uproar at the High Court yesterday after the multi-millionaire owner of Harrods was branded "the biggest crook in town" by his former head of security.

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Hamilton `paid pounds 10,000 for writing two letters'

NEIL HAMILTON was paid pounds 10,000 for writing two letters, the High Court was told yesterday as the former MP denied tabling an amendment in the House of Commons in return for the cash.

`Devious' Hamilton lied to Heseltine and Chief Whip, says Fayed lawyer

NEIL HAMILTON was a "devious liar who weaved a web of obscurity ... and threw dust in the eyes of those who seek to find out the real truth", the jury at his libel action were told yesterday.

Carman forces Hamilton to retreat on damages

NEIL HAMILTON dropped one of his main claims for damages against Mohamed Al Fayed yesterday after just 22 minutes of cross-examination by George Carman QC.

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Men leaving, men lying, men bashing - truly my sex could do with the services of a good PR company right now. It can only get worse over the next few weeks too, given the way parties affect us. We are too easily destabilised, that's our trouble, too excited by company and wine, and too responsive to the primitive magic of dates and anniversaries. What man can keep the peace either side of a turning year? Or keep his word, or keep his counsel, or keep the faith, or keep any part of himself where it should be?

Second employee 'saw cash meant for Hamilton'

A SECOND employee of Mohamed Al Fayed told the High Court yesterday she saw the Harrods owner put cash into envelopes for Neil Hamilton.

Fayed aide tells of `wadge of cash' for Hamilton

MOHAMED AL Fayed's former secretary told the High Court yesterday that she put a "wodge of money" in a brown envelope for collection by Neil Hamilton when he was a Tory MP.

Tears in court over Fayed's citizenship

MOHAMED AL FAYED broke down in the witness box yesterday when the subject of his refused British citizenship was raised.

Bravo, Mr Fayed!

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