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