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McAlpine sues Speaker's wife

Lord McAlpine is suing the Speaker's wife Sally Bercow for £50,000 over an allegedly libellous tweet that he claims wrongly linked him to claims of child abuse, her lawyers told ITV News.

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Sally Bercow receives a legal letter from Lord McAlpine

Sally Bercow had tweeted "Why is Lord McAlpine trending? *innocent face*" Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

ITV News understands that the wife of the House of Commons Speaker has received a legal letter from Conservative peer Lord McAlpine today.

It comes after his solicitor said letters would be sent to individuals who mentioned the peer's name on the internet, particularly on Twitter, in relation to false accusations of child abuse.

Mrs Bercow is speaking to her solicitor.

Yesterday she tweeted that it was "not a libellous tweet".

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