Mail’s libel was amplified by Labour right and damaged electoral campaign
The Mail on Sunday has today printed an apology to Maria Carroll, the Labour parliamentary candidate for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, for a grotesque smear it printed during the 2019 general election campaign. The apology is unusually prominent, on page two of the printed edition as well as on its website:
What the Mail’s apology does not mention is the ‘significant’ damages it has also agreed to pay to Ms Carroll in an out-of-court settlement for its libel.
The paper’s foul claims were – of course – gleefully and shamelessly amplified by the Labour right and the rest of the so-called ‘mainstream’ media.
Gynis Millward, a supporter of Ms Carroll, told the SKWAWKBOX:
I am incredibly pleased with this outcome for Maria. I hope that those who were so quick to condemn her based on false allegations will apply the same alacrity in apologising to her.
The chair of the local constituency party (CLP) added:
After 14 months the Mail on Sunday have finally printed an apology to our Candidate and secretary Maria Carroll, for the false but still very damaging article they wrote back in GE19.
Though this will never compensate for the abuse and horrendous treatment Maria received after this article it is a step in the right direction.
Let’s hope now that all those who used this article to drag Maria’s innocent name through the mud will follow suit and many need to look towards their own many failings whilst doing so.
Yet another vile smear against Labour candidates and activists has been exposed. Tragically for a nation blighted by Tory mismanagement of the pandemic and of the economy, as well as for those defamed, the damage is already done.
Labour must investigate and take action against those who leaked the lie to the Mail on Sunday without delay.
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