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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A much improved day across the UK. Rain spreads in through this evening and overnight with the heaviest bursts across western Scotland.
Risk of localised flooding across some western areas with snow melt/heavy rain.
The US government shutdown has entered its third day as the Senate deadlock continues.