Minister drops libel case against Dewsbury Press

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International Development Minister Shahid Malik has dropped his libel case against The Press in Dewsbury following an out-of court settlement, the Dewsbury Reporter notes.

Details of the settlement were not disclosed.

The MP had sued the publisher of the Press, its former editor Danny Lockwood, and a local councillor over a letter published in the paper during the 2006 election.

A jury failed to reach a verdict following a two-week trial late last year, and Lockwood was set to defend himself in a retrial. Costs of the first trial are thought to have been upwards of £300,000.

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