Background: McAlpine wrongly named in botched report

  • Lord McAlpine was wrongly implicated by Newsnight on November 2, 2012, as being part of a paedophile ring which targeted children at a care home in Wrexham.
  • His name was then widely mentioned on the internet, particularly Twitter.
  • The former Tory politician reached a £185,000 settlement with the BBC for its botched investigation.
  • He also received £125,000 from ITV and Phillip Schofield relating to a This Morning programme broadcast on November 8.
  • Lord McAlpine is pursuing Sally Bercow, wife of Commons speaker John, over comments she made on the social networking site.


McAlpine drops Twitter actions

Conservative peer Lord McAlpine has dropped defamation claims against Twitter users with fewer than 500 followers who wrongly named him as a paedophile. But he is pursuing legal action against the Commons Speaker's wife Sally Bercow.