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SORRY IS HARDEST WORD IN WATSON LIBEL

30-10-2009

West Brom MP Tom Watson is complaining that although The Sun has admitted libelling him, they haven’t printed an apology in today’s paper.

Watson was awarded damages in the High Court on Wednesday following smears by columnist Fergus Shanahan about the MP’s role in the Red Rag/Damien McBride scandal last April.

Evidence provided by The Stirrer was crucial in establishing Watson’s innocence, and unconfirmed reports suggest he has been handed £25,000 by way of compensation.

So far, though, The Sun has failed to say sorry in print.

As Watson says on his Twitter account this morning, “I can't see a printed apology. Buying a microscope to confirm”.

Guardian journalist Janine Gibson has responded by saying that the newspaper believes it has already done enough by apologising in court, leading Watson to drily observe, “Yes, I can see that is exactly the same.”

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