McAlpine wants to end 'unfortunate episode'

Lord McAlpine. Credit: Andrew Stuart/PA Wire

Lord McAlpine, who announced he was dropping defamation claims against Twitter users with less than 500 followers, said he wanted to draw the "unfortunate episode" to a close.

He has written to those tweeters and asked them to make a voluntary donation of £25 to the BBC's Children In Need as soon as possible.

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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.