The Minister for Justice has said Rutland County Council would not be able to sue three of its members for defamation.

The council had been considering the action against Councillors but voted to pursue other action.

The council’s solicitors had advised that the powers given to local authorities in the Localism Act 2011 had overturned a previous ruling on them suing for defamation, made by the House of Lords in a case involving Derbyshire County Council and Times Newspapers.

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