Alan Davies apologises for naming Lord McAlpine

Comedian Alan Davies has apologised to Lord McAlpine for naming him in relation to false child abuse allegations made against the Conservative peer.

Lord McAlpine's lawyers are in the process of suing everybody who wrongly linked the former Conservative MP to historical allegations of child abuse, including those who mentioned the claims on Twitter.

Tonight QI regular Mr Davies tweeted to his followers:


I've just written to Lord McAlpine to apologise for re-tweeting his name in relation to false allegations following a BBC investigation

The claims were sparked by a Newsnight report that did not name Lord McAlpine but referred to a senior Conservative from the Thatcher era, leading to the peer being wrongly identified online.


Met to assess McAlpine charges

The Metropolitan Police says officers will meet Lord McAlpine as part of the process of working out whether any criminal offence has been committed by Twitter users falsely linking him to child abuse allegations.