Date set for special hearing on Mike’s appeal against Rachel Riley’s libel win

A special hearing on whether I should have permission to appeal against the judgment in Rachel Riley’s libel hearing against me will take place on January 31.

I don’t yet know what time it will happen or in which court. That information will not be available until January 31.

It is possible that the Court of Appeal will screen the hearing on YouTube again – as it did with my appeal against the strike-out of my defences, back in 2021. That event attracted thousands of viewers, in comparison with only a few hundred for others.

It means there are 21 days left to raise funds to support my argument.

I wrote last week that I had been told I need to raise around £15,000 to fund the hearing. Since then, more than £1,500 has been donated – more than one-tenth of the total.

That’s a fantastic start, post-Christmas in a year when the UK is going into recession and everybody is facing huge pressures on their finances.

But obviously it isn’t full funding so please continue to give as much as you can – and encourage as many other people as possible to do the same. Here’s how:

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

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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, where it appears on that website. But please remember to include a message telling me it’s for the crowdfund!

I am also interested in seeking alternative routes for funding. If you have any suggestions, please send them to me via the Comments section of Vox Political

I moderate all comments so your suggestion won’t automatically appear online; it’s simply the easiest way to get ideas to me.

There is a real chance, here, to claw justice back from a bad decision. Please don’t let it slip away.

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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