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Can I please ask you to give me some more detailed information regarding this matter so as to allow me to work with you and help resolve your enquiry.
Although you say your group is being attacked by the parish councillor, is he actually saying things or writing this about the group that are untrue ? Or simply things the group does not like?
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If the person is telling the truth when he says or writes anything then that is no libel.
If he is deliberately telling lies then yes.
You should complain again to the council about his actions and issue the person with a formal "cease and desist" letter. That demands they stop straight away what they are doing or face legal action. A good local solicitor can draft that letter for you.
I hope this helps answer the question.
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Then in this case, if he is spreading untrue claims, lodge your compliant to the council, and arrange for a cease and desist letter to be sent to the person, if they continue, and your group has the funds available you could consider a prosecution for libel.
That does not change the advice given, he appears to be giving half truths. The letter I advised should do th trick with a formal compliant to the council.