“IN Court yesterday, we apologised to Stephen Hesford former MP for West Wirral.

“On 17 October 2009, we published an article entitled ‘MP who took moral stance “was a sex pest”’. The article reported on proceedings before the Employment Tribunal in Liverpool the day before brought against Mr Hesford by a former employee for sexual discrimination.

“The article also stated that a claim for sexual harassment had been made but wrongly implied that Mr Hesford was being accused of personally having sexually harassed his former employee and as such was a hypocrite having resigned a month earlier as a matter of principle as a parliamentary aide to the Attorney General.

“We accepted that there has been no suggestion of any sexual misbehaviour by Mr Hesford and that the proceedings against him were in his capacity as employer.

“We apologised to Mr Hesford and have paid him damages and costs.” Daily Express (U.K.)

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