ANTI-RACIST campaign Hope Not Hate declared victory over former Ukip leader Nigel Farage yesterday after he backed down over smears about the group.
He faced a £100,000 libel suit after thousands of supporters rallied round the group to fund legal action.
Mr Farage had claimed that Hope Not Hate “masquerade[s] as being lovely and peaceful, but actually pursue[s] violent and undemocratic means.”
More than 16,000 people responded to an appeal for funds to sue him. He has now said he is “happy to acknowledge that Hope Not Hate does not tolerate or pursue violent or undemocratic behaviour.”
He has also agreed that he will not repeat this claim or allow anyone else to do so on his behalf.
Hope Not Hate director Nick Lowles said: “We took on this fight because for too long politicians like Farage and Trump have been able to say what they want with impunity.
“We wanted to make sure that if they say something untrue and damaging they’re going to have to answer for it.”