Friday, May 24, 2013

Bercow's McAlpine Tweet Libellous Rules Court

A tweet by Sally Bercow about Lord McAlpine which he claims named him as a paedophile was libellous, the High Court has ruled.

The wife of Commons Speaker John Bercow is being sued by the Tory peer for damages after she named him on Twitter last year.

The posting appeared two days after a November 2 Newsnight report wrongly implicated the former Conservative Party treasurer in allegations of sex abuse at Bryn Estyn children's home in the 1970s and 1980s.

Mrs Bercow has always denied that the tweet - "Why is Lord McAlpine trending? *Innocent face*" - was defamatory, and has apologised publicly and privately to the former Conservative Party treasurer for the distress caused to him.