Gerald Howarth MP Debarred from Further Proceedings

Court document 2nd December 1986 showing terms granted by Justice Simon Brown, Judge in Chambers in the High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division

Gerald Howarth MP v Philip M Pedley.

In the High Court Gerald Howarth sought to discontinue his action against Philip Pedley former National YC Chairman and a serving member of the Party’s National Union Executive Committee. Pedley refused to allow filing of discontinuance and forced a hearing in Open Court.

Pedley wanted recognition he had not libelled Howarth, that he stood by remarks, his costs to be paid and for Howarth to be debarred from alleging libel in the future.

Key points:

  • Howarth’s action discontinued
  • Howarth to pay Pedley’s outstanding costs
  • Howarth debarred from taking any future proceedings against Pedley in respect of words said in BBC Panorama Programme ‘Maggie’s Militant Tendency’ Jan 30 1984
  • Howarth Debarred Dec 86

In a further clarification Justice Simon Brown added a rider in reference to the Howarth’s costs already paid by the BBC on behalf on Pedley.  “If  the BBC attempts to recover the costs then liberty to apply.”

In other words the Judge gave Pedley the opportunity to apply his full costs against the BBC should the BBC request Pedley to pay the costs they’d covered.

Howarth Liable for Pedley costs

Pedley offered the BBC the opportunity to invoice him for the costs to save taxpayers money’s but they declined.