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Lord McAlpine 'to seek damages from 20 high-profile Twitter users'

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Conservative peer Lord McAlpine has said that 20 "high-profile tweeters" will face paying damages, after they allegedly linked him to a paedophile ring.

Speaking to ITV News, McAlpine's solicitor Andrew Reid refused to name the 20 individuals involved but claimed that they face paying thousands of pounds' worth of damages.

He declined to confirm whether the amount would run into the tens of thousands.

Lord Mcalpine

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Sally Bercow, wife of the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow.

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Reid described users on Twitter who posted McAlpine's name in relation to the claims as committing a "criminal offence".

Reid added that it was "not over" on Twitter, and that "once we've examined the extent of the damage they've done, we'll agree suitable damages".

Former Celebrity Big Brother contestant and wife of the House of Commons speaker Sally Bercow has denied that a tweet she sent about McAlpine was libellous. Earlier this week, Bercow decided to leave Twitter after her account was hacked.

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on 'This Morning'

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David Cameron appears on 'This Morning'

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On November 8, This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield gave Prime Minister David Cameron a list of individuals associated with the Conservative Party whose names he claimed he had found on the internet being linked to paedophilia.

It was announced earlier today (November 22) that McAlpine has reached a £125,000 settlement with ITV and Schofield, after an 'unfortunate camera angle' meant that the list was briefly visible to viewers.

McAlpine has already won £185,000 in damages from the BBC, after a Newsnight report wrongly linked him to child sex abuse.

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