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Lord McAlpine drops Twitter cases

LORD McAlpine has dropped some Twitter defamation cases.

The Tory peer has released a statement saying that his lawyers were dropping all legal actions against those Twitter users with less than 500 followers.In return for dropping the charges he has requested that each of the users make a £25 donation to Children In Need. A spokeswoman for McAlpine declined to say how many of the users had agreed to the donation.

Legal action was started by McAlpine when he was mistakenly accused of child abuse following a Newsnight programme.

McAlpine said that he will now be focussing on winning the libel case against Sally Bercow, the wife of the Commons speaker, after she tweeted some allegedly defamatory tweets. He is seeking damages of £50,000.

“I have requested that my lawyers, RMPI LLP, focus on the action against Sally Bercow and that damages arising from this are donated to a charity of her choice. I am not intending to make any further comment on this matter.” McAlpine said.

The BBC and ITV have already agreed to pay the former Tory treasurer damages of £185,000 and £125,000 respectively.

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