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ITV pay compensation to McAlpine

ITV and Phillip Schofield have agreed to pay £125,000 to Conservative peer Lord McAlpine to settle his libel claim, after an incident on the This Morning programme in November.

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Labour MP asks PM to examine 'paedophile network linked to Number 10'

Speaking under parliamentary privilege at Prime Minister's Questions, Labour MP Tom Watson asked David Cameron to urge the Metropolitan Police to re-examine "intelligence suggesting a powerful paedophile network linked to Number 10."

"The evidence file used to convict paedophile Peter Righton [in 1992], if it still exists, contains clear intelligence of a widespread paedophile ring," Watson began.

"One of its members boasts of his links to a senior aide of a former Prime Minister, who says he could smuggle indecent images of children from abroad.

"The leads were not followed up, but if the file still exists, I want to ensure that the Metropolitan Police secure the evidence, re-examine it, and investigate clear intelligence suggesting a powerful paedophile network linked to Number 10."

The Prime Minister said he would "look very carefully and see what the Government can do to help give him [Tom Watson] the assurances he seeks."

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