Migrationwatch drops Sally Bercow libel threat

Migrationwatch has dropped its libel complaint against political commentator Sally Bercow less than a week after she instructed lawyers to defend the threatened action.

David Allen Green
David Allen Green

The pressure group threatened action against Bercow over comments she made on Sky News that later appeared in the Daily Express.

Migrationwatch chairman Andrew Green instructed lawyers at Milton Keynes based Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors to send a letter before action seeking an apology and legal costs from Bercow after she said that a Daily Express story on migration and youth employment was grossly oversimplified.

Last week Bercow instructed City firm Preiskel & Co to respond to the threats. The firm’s media chief David Allen Green was instructed alongside Bryan Cave associate Robert Dougans, who previously represented science writer Simon Singh in his legal fight against the British Chiropractic Association (15 April 2010).

A statement posted on the Migrationwatch website said it would not pursue the case. “Migrationwatch is strongly in favour of free speech,” it said. “We accept her assurances about her intentions, and consider that important and sensitive issues such as immigration should be debated without descending into derogatory language and associations.

“In view of the assurance contained in her solicitor’s letter, we do not intend to take the matter further.”