UK Politics

Sun editor Dominic Mohan: Clear public interest in Fred Goodwin 'affair' story

The editor of the Sun, Dominic Mohan, has told MPs and peers there was "clear public interest" in a story about Fred Goodwin's personal life that the paper was banned from publishing.

Mr Goodwin took out an injunction to prevent the publication of allegations he was having an affair with a senior colleague at Royal Bank of Scotland.

The claims were eventually revealed in Parliament by MPs who questioned whether the relationship could have impaired Mr Goodwin's ability to run the bank effectively.

Mr Mohan told the Privacy and Injunctions Committee that "sexual behaviour... can affect decision making and judgement" and the "RBS situation was costing taxpayers many millions of pounds".

He said "privacy had heavily outweighed freedom of expression".

Mr Mohan also told the committee he did not think that at the end of its inquiry, or the Leveson inquiry, "someone will stand up and open an envelope and say, 'this is the definition of public interest'".

Mr Goodwin was chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland, growing it into one of the world's biggest banks before its near collapse after the credit crunch led to a £45bn taxpayer bailout.

Earlier this week, in a highly unusual move, Mr Goodwin had his knighthood for services to banking removed.

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