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Judge lifts media ban on top banker's affair

A UK High Court judge yesterday dramatically lifted a ban preventing journalists saying married banker Fred Goodwin had an extra-marital "sexual relationship" after a politician used parliamentary privilege to name the millionaire.

Mr Justice Tugendhat said the media could name Mr Goodwin, former head of the Royal Bank of Scotland, after the banker's identity was revealed in the House of Lords by Liberal Democrat Lord Stoneham.

The judge said reporters could reveal that Mr Goodwin (52) took legal action earlier this year after discovering that a tabloid newspaper planned to publish a story about the "relationship".

Mr Goodwin alleged that the newspaper was threatening his right to privacy

However, an order banning publication of the identity of the woman remains in place.

Irish Independent