Riley libel crowdfunding update: sterling work by supporters!

I’ve received details of what my legal team has charged for my defence in the trial brought by Rachel Riley on July 18-20 – and of what remains to be paid.

It’s surprisingly good news!

The headline figure is that just around £3,700 was left to be paid on July 29 – but around £1,000 more has been raised after I published my report on Ms Riley’s turn in the witness box two days before. That won’t have been included in my solicitor’s calculations yet.

There’s more good news – that the High Court has finished sitting for the summer and will not return until October. This means I can relax a little and enjoy a little of what remains of the sunny season (as I type this, it is raining. Typical).

I do intend to finish reporting on the trial, to ensure you are aware of the issues that could be sticking-points for the judge.

And I would like to clear the outstanding debt before we get to October because – as I’ve suggested previously – I think the case will end up in the Court of Appeal, no matter who wins. So we need to start thinking about building a fighting fund against that.

You can tell what’s coming. Please:

Make a donation via the CrowdJustice page. Keep donating regularly until you see the total pass the amount I need.

Email your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site.

Post a link to Facebook, asking readers to pledge.

On Twitter, tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

Use other social media in the same way.

And don’t forget that if you’re having trouble, or simply don’t like donating via CrowdJustice, you can always donate direct to me via the Vox Political PayPal button at the bottom of this article, where it appears on that website. But please remember to include a message telling me it’s for the crowdfund!

It’s a huge achievement – raising enough money to make sure an ordinary person can afford to defend against a libel accusation in the super-expensive High Court.

But we can’t be complacent; the case isn’t won yet. And that’s what we all want.

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.

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