Words published by a newspaper were defamatory of the claimant. They meant that there were reasonable grounds to suspect that, because of his friendship with the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, he was a willing beneficiary of improper conduct and cronyism in respect to the award to his company of a series of police service contracts worth millions of pounds of public money that had not been put out to tender.

QBD (Tugendhat J) 11/11/2011
[2011] EWHC 2677 (QB)

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