Jeremy Corbyn has failed in his attempt to overturn a High Court judge’s ruling after being sued for defamation by Richard Millett.
In a judgment handed down on Tuesday Lord Justice Warby dismissed the former Labour leader’s argument that his words spoken about the pro-Israel campaigner Millett “conveyed a statement of opinion” and instead ruled they were defamatory.
The libel case, which can now proceed, was brought by Millett and relates to an appearance made by Mr Corbyn on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show in September 2018, in which he was asked about the then notorious “English irony” speech he had made in 2013.
He said Corbyn defamed him by accusing him of being “disruptive and abusive” at a 2013 meeting featuring a Palestinian speaker.
Procedurally, lawyers for Corbyn can now serve a defence if he they wish to argue that facts in the case were true.
Corbyn had mounted an appeal against preliminary findings made by Justice Saini.
Three appeal judges considered arguments at a Court of Appeal hearing in London last month.
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