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Sally Bercow's tweet Lord McAlpine tweet ruled libellous

A tweet published by Sally Bercow about Tory peer Lord McAlpine was libellous, the High Court has ruled.

The wife of Commons Speaker John Bercow tweeted two days after BBC Newsnight wrongly linked a "leading Conservative politician" to sex abuse claims.

Amid widespread speculation about his identity, she wrote: "Why is Lord McAlpine trending. *innocent face*."

Mrs Bercow said she was "disappointed" by the ruling but the peer's lawyer said she had caused "unnecessary pain".

Clive Coleman reports.

  • 24 May 2013
  • From the section UK
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