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McAlpine 'conscious settlement will be paid by licence payers'

Lord McAlpine said:

I am delighted to have reached a quick and early settlement with the BBC.

I have been conscious that any settlement will be paid by the licence fee-payers, and have taken that into account in reaching agreement with the BBC.

We will now be continuing to seek settlements from other organisations that have published defamatory remarks and individuals who have used Twitter to defame me.