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Lord Sugar ordered to delete prejudicial tweet

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By The Drum Team | Staff Writer

May 27, 2011 | 2 min read

Lord Sugar, figurehead of BBC show the Apprentice, has had a run in with the law over a tweet deigned to have the potential to unfairly influence the jury in the trial of a fellow Lord.

Concern arose back in January during the trial of Lord Taylor, a Conservative peer, when Sugar tweeted: “Lord Taylor, Tory Peer in court on expenses fiddle. Wonder if he will get off in comparison to Labour MPs who were sent to jail?”

Sugar was ordered to delete the post and the remark was referred to the attorney general by the trial judge at the time but can only now be reported due to legal restrictions.

Lord Taylor was found guilty of wrongly claiming £14,000 in parliamentary expenses and is awaiting sentence.

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A spokesperson for the TV personality and Labour peer said: “Lord Sugar was away in America so wasn’t familiar with the restrictions in the case. As soon as he was, it was taken down.”

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