UKIP VICTORY: Ex Labour Leader Of Derby City Council Ranjit Banwait LOSES Court Case Against UKIP

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You would think Ranjit Banwait would be getting a bit fed-up of losing to UKIP. In May, he was ousted at the polls by UKIPs Paul Bettany and yesterday he lost his case in court seeking to overturn the result.

Banwait accused Bettany of carrying out a personal attack when he accused him of lying when Mr Banwait said he lived in Alvaston. Mr Bettany argued Mr Banwait’s address is actually classed as Wilmorton and of re-circulating a leaflet produced by UKIP in 2016 called Labour News. 

Judge Andrew Saffman ruled that when Mr Bettany accused Mr Banwait of lying, it was a political and not personal attack. He also said he believed the Labour News document was not widely circulated and that he could see no evidence that it had been part of “subterfuge” beyond its satirical intent. Not only did Banwait lose the case but the judge ordered him to pay £23,205 in costs to Mr Bettany.

Councillor Bettany said: “We can all move on now that the result has been validated finally. I had no intention of making a personal attack on Mr Banwait, I was questioning the reason he was saying he lived in Alvaston and to me it was to gain political advantage and so it was a political attack. I want to put this behind me now and carry on with being a councillor.”

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