Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson has won her court case over an SNP leaflet which accuses her of accepting a £14,000 donation from “a fracking company”.

Ms Swinson asked the Court of Session in Edinburgh to stop the Royal Mail from distributing the leaflet in her East Dunbartonshire constituency.

The SNP’s QC had argued there was no “substantial untruth” in the leaflet.

Lord Pentland said a statement on the leaflet was false in substance, materially inaccurate and defamatory.

He said: “I don’t consider it would be right for an official election leaflet which contains a prima facie defamatory statement to be distributed by the Royal Mail.”

Lord Pentland ordered the party and its candidate Amy Callaghan to pay Ms Swinson’s costs.

The SNP’s legal team is considering an appeal.

‘No substantial untruth’


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