Sally Bercow departs from Twitter after second gaffe

The Speaker's wife appears to have deleted her account.

Sally Bercow seems to have deleted her account and quit Twitter, after a second row erupted last night over a legally contentious tweet. She had been an avid Twitter user, amassing almost 60,000 followers and tweeting regularly.

On Sunday, she reportedly breached a court order by naming a schoolgirl who allegedly ran away with her maths teacher. There is a section 39 order under the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 in place banning identification of the girl.

Lord McAlpine has already threatened to sue her for naming him on Twitter during speculation resulting from the Newsnight, for which she has apologised, although she has maintained subsequently that her tweet was foolish rather than libellous.
 

Sally Bercow. Photograph: Getty Images

Caroline Crampton is web editor of the New Statesman.

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What did Jeremy Corbyn really say about Bin Laden?

He's been critiqued for calling Bin Laden's death a "tragedy". But what did Jeremy Corbyn really say?

Jeremy Corbyn is under fire for describing Bin Laden’s death as a “tragedy” in the Sun, but what did the Labour leadership frontrunner really say?

In remarks made to Press TV, the state-backed Iranian broadcaster, the Islington North MP said:

“This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy. The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died.”

He also added that it was his preference that Osama Bin Laden be put on trial, a view shared by, among other people, Barack Obama and Boris Johnson.

Although Andy Burnham, one of Corbyn’s rivals for the leadership, will later today claim that “there is everything to play for” in the contest, with “tens of thousands still to vote”, the row is unlikely to harm Corbyn’s chances of becoming Labour leader. 

Stephen Bush is editor of the Staggers, the New Statesman’s political blog.