Newsnight allegations affected Lord McAlpine 'to his soul'

Lord McAlpine's counsel, Sir Edward Garnier QC, said the peer had nothing but sympathy for Newsnight interviewee Steve Messham and for other boys who suffered abuse.

Mr Messham withdrew his allegations and apologised having been shown a photo of the former minister after the infamous programme aired.

Sir Edward Garnier QC, said Lord McAlpine wished it to be known that he generally held the BBC in great esteem. But he said the Newsnight allegations had not only caused him great distress and embarrassment, but had affected him to his soul.