Daily Mail sued by Carina Trimingham

The Press Gazette reports:

MP Chris Huhne’s partner Carina Trimingham today brought a High Court damages action over a “cataclysmic interference” with her private life.

The PR adviser, whose adulterous affair with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change became public in June 2010 – with Huhne leaving his wife of 26 years – is suing Associated Newspapers for misuse of private information.

Her counsel, William Bennett, told Mr Justice Tugendhat in London that – in eight newspaper articles and on its website Mail Online – the Daily Mail had exercised its expertise and determination to dig into 44-year-old Trimingham’s private life and disclose embarrassing facts…

“It is exposing aspects of the sexual history of the claimant which she says she is entitled to keep confidential, and we say there is no public interest in exposing those elements of her.”

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12 Comments

  • Well, what on earth did she expect? I detest the Daily Mail, but if you choose to catapult yourself into the public eye in the way she did, it shouldn’t be that surprising that the press focuses on certain aspects of her private life! No sympathy.

  • By choosing to have an affair with a married senior politician (who, in addition, was already the subject of a potential scandal over his wife and driving license points – not anything to do with Ms Trimingham, but he was already in the tabloids for the wrong reasons). I’m not moralising – she can do what she likes – but there is an element of accepting consequences and personal responsibility in this, isn’t there?

  • I thought Liberals also believed in rights and responsibilities…

  • @Graducat – yes, but she did neither. From what I recall, the affair was going on before the 2010 election – it was only after that that Chris Huhne became of interest to the Daily Mail.

    And in any case, are you really saying that people shouldn’t have any kind of romantic link with someone in public life if they had something which the Daily Heil might decide at some point to print in order to cause embarrassment? If so, then that would probably exclude most of us!

  • So what are we saying here? Is it that any politician who has sex is somehow a bad person? Should we ban politicians from having any fun at all, I remember John Prescott being attacked for playing a game in a garden, that game was croquet but the point remains.

    Politics is a job – any people in politics should be allowed some time to go off-duty and relax, have a life and maybe some fun just like any other person.

  • If you don’t want to get shot, don’t stand in the firing line and then complain about the consequences.

  • Tony Dawson 6th Oct '11 - 6:58pm

    “people in the public eye are not entitled to a private life.”

    Sexual dishonesty is no different than any other kind. It is useful to know about any ind of dishonesty from a politician, or business partner.

    All you have a right to keep private is that which IS private. Anything which you do privately with someone else remains confidential to you two until the time one person decides it is not. That seems to me to be a good reason for not doing anything with anyone which you would be ashamed of, and not dumping people in a nasty fashion.

    There is no real difference between someone telling half the pub that their lover has dumped them and run off with someone of the same gender and telling the Daily Mail the same thing. Ordinary working people deal with people spilling the beans about their ‘private life’(sic) all the time. They get on with their lives. Why ‘celebrities’(sic) think they are entitled to any better treatment is completely beyond me. Oh yes! They have the money to sustain the legal actions.

  • “By choosing to have an affair with a married senior politician (who, in addition, was already the subject of a potential scandal over his wife and driving license points”

    Whether he was a senior politician when this started is open to debate. And I wasn’t aware I needed to do due diligence on potential partners to see if they had any scandals brewing.

    In any case, even if you accept there was a public interest in exposing the affair (and there probably is) is it necessary (and is there a public interest in) exposing the previous sexual history of the party who isn’t a public figure.

    On reading the above I think the cause of action is based on the exposure of that information – not publishing a story that she was having an affair with Chris.

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