A taxpayer-funded £30k private lawsuit
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Blogger libel: Council boss's £30k legal bill not repaid

Taxpayers have paid £30,000 to fund a council boss's personal libel case - and none of it has been repaid.

Carmarthenshire council chief executive Mark James pursued a counterclaim against blogger Jacqui Thompson for defamatory remarks she posted online.

A Freedom of Information request shows the council paid £29,414.08 for Mr James's legal fees in this case.

None of this has been repaid and it was decided in March 2016 the council would not chase Mr James for the cash.

  • 08 Jun 2017
  • From the section Wales