Graham Harper, a senior officer at North Tyneside Council, has won his libel complaint against seven Conservative Councillors. The Councillors, one of whom was the former Mayor of North Tyneside, published an article in their local Party newsletter which suggested that Mr Harper had obtained his job at the Council as a matter of political preferment, rather than on merit. The Councillors subsequently acknowledged that this allegation was completely false and published an apology in their newsletter. They also agreed to pay Mr Harper substantial damages.

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