Andy McDonald issues writ for libel against Tory MP

Andy McDonald: he’s not taking any nonsense from a Tory who hasn’t done his homework.

Good for him. Jeremy Corbyn should have done this sort of thing a bit more often, too.

Here’s Andy McDonald’s statement on his libel action against Conservative MP Chris Clarkson:

For those who can’t read image files, here are the relevant parts of the statement:

“On Sunday 29 October 2023, Chris Clarkson MP posted a highly defamatory statement about me on the social media platform X. His post included the following false statement about me:

“‘Between the River and the Sea’ is a deeply sinister antisemitic trop – seeing a Labour MP use it whilst seeking to justify the murderous actions of Hamas should be shocking. Sadly, it’s barely surprising.’

“In my speech to a mass rally on 28 October 2023, I called for peace in the Israel-Gaza war and in particular for ‘an immediate comprehensively-binding ceasefire’. I said, ‘We will not rest until we have justice. Until all people, Israelis and Palestinians, between the river and the sea, can live in peaceful liberty’.”

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He continued: “I am not prepared to stand by, while an MP or others peddle the lie that I have sought to justify the actions of Hamas on 7 October 2023, including the awful murder of 1,400 people in Israel. Much of what I have said in the last few days about the recent events in Israel and Palestine has been deliberately distorted and misinterpreted. I will not stand by and have my reputation traduced by those who think it is acceptable to put out false statements. I am more than prepared to sue anyone who thinks that it is acceptable to publish lies about me.”

He also demonstrated that he understands when to take a matter to the courts and when not to:

“The Times newspaper misquoted me in an article published online and in print on 30 October 2023. I took up the matter with them immediately and The Times corrected the error in their online version and printed an apology in the print paper on 31 October 2023.”

Meanwhile, here’s another person who may deserve Mr McDonald’s attention, along with a response pointing out his mistake:

Possibly a better response would be to point out a Novara Media article I quoted in a previous article, that stated: “As to the claim that the slogan expresses a desire for Israel’s ‘destruction’, the historian of Palestine Maha Nassar has suggested that this eliminationist interpretation may derive from a post-six-day-war Israeli propaganda campaign that asserted that Palestinians wished to ‘throw Jews into the sea’.”

Is Katz quoting false Israeli propaganda?

If so, what does this say about Clarkson’s comment?

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3 thoughts on “Andy McDonald issues writ for libel against Tory MP

  1. The Toffee

    Good on him! As you say Mike, something Corbyn should’ve done a lot more often.

    Anyways, I hope ‘Andy Mac’ bankrupts clarkson so he can’t be an mp anymore.

    Another thing that Corbyn should’ve done – especially to Bradley, instead of forcing him to make a donation to a foodbank, Corbyn should’ve tanned him, and THEN donated his award to the foodbank.

  2. Martyn

    Brilliant! Now if Corbyn did the same, to the people who lied about him, slandered him and defamed , would be great!

  3. Julia

    And meanwhile he remains suspended as a ‘precautionary measure’. If Starmer’s behaviour during the last month alone isn’t the last straw (my ‘last straw’ was reached not many months after he became Leader) for any right thinking person still in the Labour Party, then they should have a good talk with themselves. Very sadly I fear the Labour Party is utterly finished in my lifetime.

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