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Rothermere denies agreeing peace deal with Desmond

Daily Mail proprietor discusses Daily Express "mud-slinging" at Joint Committee on Privacy and Injun

Daily Mail proprietor Viscount Rothermere has denied the war of words between his newspaper group and the Daily Express following Richard Desmond's takeover in 2000 amounted to a "monstrous example" of editorial interference.

Rothermere also claimed there was no "agreement" with the Express Newspapers owner to end the dispute - but admitted the then managing director of Associated Newspapers Murdoch MacLennan discussed the issue over lunch with Desmond.

He told the Joint Committee on Privacy and Injunctions yesterday that MacLennan reported to him following the lunch that "Desmond and himself agreed that it was not in the best interests of the respective groups to use the pages of our newspaper for mud-slinging, and that was a matter for [Daily Mail editor] Paul Dacre".

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