Ex Liberal Democrat deputy leader Sir Simon Hughes is sued for election lies

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Sir Simon Hughes, the former deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, is being sued by his Labour rival Neil Coyle for libel in his printed election materials. Sir Simon, who refused to vote for same-sex marriage while an MP, lost the constituency he represented for 32 years, Bermondsey and Old Southwark in south London, to Labour’s Neil Coyle two years ago but their rivaling is not over and now the two are to battle in court. The Lib Dem ex-MP has sent fliers to local residents – designed to look like genuine newspaper articles – wrongly claiming Mr Coyle is under investigation for abusing the party staff. The Labour candidate asked his rival to stop printing the false claims last week, but they said they would not do it. Mr Coyle has now been forced to call in the police to investigate. He told The Sun: “Hughes ran a nasty campaign to get elected in ‘83 and thinks he can do it again but people aren’t buying Lib Dem lies. Simon Hughes and the Lib Dems broke their promises and really let people down by voting for the Bedroom Tax, higher tuition fees and less money for affordable homes in the Coalition. I’ll keep telling the truth about Lib Dems but I’ve had to take legal action to get them to stop telling lies about me.”

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