DEFAMATION LETTER TO JACQUI SMITH
Rt Hon Jacqui Smith MP
c/o The House of Commons
Dr Michael Savage - Defamation complaint
1. We act for Dr Michael Savage. We wrote to you on 15 May 2009 in your capacity (as you were then) as the Home Secretary. For convenience, we enclose a copy of that letter. We now write to you in your personal capacity.
2. Our client is a citizen of the United States of America. He is, under the name Michael Savage, the host of the successful radio programme, the Savage Nation, syndicated across America by Talk Radio Network, and also a successful author on contemporary American politics and mores.
3. We write in respect of the press release ("the Press Release") issued by the Home Office (including on its website) on 5 May 2009 in which it was stated that our client has been banned from entry to the United Kingdom. In a letter from the Treasury Solicitor, acting for the Home Office, to this firm dated 29 May 2009 (when you were still Home Secretary and presumably approved the letter), a copy of which we also enclose, it was stated that you "personally" made the decision to publish the Press Release. Accordingly, our client will hold you personally (as well as the Home Office) responsible in law for its contents.
4. The Press Release contained statements that are false and defamatory of our client. Please treat this letter as a letter of claim under the Pre-action Protocol for defamation. We attach for your convenience a copy of the Press Release.