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Lord McAlpine expected to reach settlement with BBC as he gives first interview after being wrongly linked to child sex abuse scandal

Lord McAlpine, the former Conservative politician who was wrongly implicated in allegations of child abuse in a flawed Newsnight investigation, is expected to reach a settlement with the BBC.

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BBC and victim apologise to Lord McAlpine after admitting abuse claims were a case of mistaken identity

Another crisis for Newsnight as allegations emerge that victim who named Tory MP never saw a recent picture of ‘attacker’

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