Can you remember back to the Select Committee hearing when Louise Mensch said something about what was written in Piers Morgans book?
Of course you can, everyone saw the argument engulf twitter and our TV’s, with Piers slamming into Louise and demanding she repeat it. Louise Mensch could NOT be done for libel for the simple reason what she said was said at a Select Committee and therefore was classed as privileged. She even told us that.
If however, Louise Mensch had repeated what she said at the hearing in public then she could have been liable for libel proceedings to be ordered against her.
Well the same privilege is expressed to people who give statements to Police. They are exempt from libel proceedings and are classed as privileged.
Any commission, tribunal, committee or person conducting an inquiry authorised by an Act of Parliament, by the Crown or by a minister of the Crown.
So you see it is simple really, the Gaspars can’t be brought before a Court for defamation and libel unless they repeat what they said to the Police on a forum, blog, newspaper comments section or by any other written means. What they told the Police comes under Privileged… simple really isn’t it?
Oh just one more thing, those that repeat what the Gaspars stated can however be brought before a Court for defamation and libel.
So you see David Payne can issue Libel proceedings against anyone who repeats that statement and defames his character but he can’t bring proceedings against the Gaspars. And Bennett should have known that, being a retired solicitor and all that.