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Archer alibi 'cost pounds 20,000'.

Former Conservative Party vice-chairman and best-selling author Lord Archer (above) used an allegedly forged diary and promised a friend pounds 20,000 for a false alibi in a libel action, the Old Bailey heard yesterday .

Lord Archer promised the money to television producer Ted Francis after asking him to concoct an alibi to combat claims the peer had a pounds 70 sex session with prostitute Monica Coghlan, the jury was told.

The Tory peer sued the Daily Star newspaper over the sex claim and was awarded pounds 500,000.

But more than a decade later, Francis became worried about Archer's bid to become Lord Mayor of London. He then told a Sunday newspaper in 1999 that he had been asked to help hatch an alibi.

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