Lord McAlpine Drops A Few Twitter Defamation Cases

Lord McAlpine is ending his legal pursuit of hundreds of Twitter users over false allegations linking him to child sex abuse in return for donations to Children In Need. In a statement on Thursday, the former Conservative party chairman said he was drawing a line under potential legal actions against Twitter users with fewer than 500 followers – but vowed to focus on claiming libel damages from Sally Bercow, the wife of the Commons speaker, over her allegedly defamatory tweets.

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