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The Sun Says Sorry For Accessing Texts On Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh's Stolen Phone

18/03/2013 11:39 GMT | Updated 18/05/2013 10:12 BST

The Sun newspaper has apologised to Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh and said it will pay "very substantial" damages over phone hacking.

A judge at the High Court in London on Monday heard that in October 2010 McDonagh's private mobile telephone was stolen from her car in south west London.

David Sherborne, representing the MP for Mitcham and Morden, told Mr Justice Vos that in June last year police notified her that they had "obtained evidence that The Sun newspaper had accessed her text messages from about October 2010 and therefore appeared to have accessed and/or acquired her mobile phone".

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Siobhain McDonagh accepted 'substantial' damages

A QC told the court on behalf of the newspaper that it was accepted that her mobile phone "should not have been accessed and used and furthermore accept that there has been a serious misuse of her private information".

Mr Sherborne said the defendants - the publishers and/or owners of The Sun - had agreed to pay Ms McDonagh "very substantial damages" and her legal costs.

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Dinah Rose QC, for the defendants, told the judge: "Through me they offer their unreserved apology to the claimant for what has happened.

"Furthermore they have undertaken to the court not to use any information so obtained nor to access or attempt to access by unlawful means the claimant's private information."

Mr Sherborne said that "in these circumstances the claimant has obtained significant protection and vindication of her privacy rights and she is therefore content not to pursue this matter any further".