Kezia Dugdale has released a statement after a pro-independence blogger lost a £25,000 defamation case against her. 

The former Scottish Labour leader was the subject of legal action by Stuart Campbell, who runs the website Wings Over Scotland, after she accused him of writing “homophobic tweets”

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In a statement released on social media, the MSP said: "I am delighted to have won this case and hugely relieved after two long years of it hanging over me. 

"I cannot thank the team at the Daily Record enough. They stood by me and I stood up to him and won. Their support has been fulsome and unwavering throughout such a difficult time. 

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"This is an important judgement for the right to free speech and a healthy press. This ruling clearly demonstrates that every citizen is entitled to make comments as long as they are fair and reflect honestly held views."