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Archer let out for mother's funeral; DISGRACED TORY PEER LEAVES THE LIKES OF RONNIE BIGGS AND JILL DANDO'S KILLER.

LORD Archer was today expected to be allowed out of prison to attend his mother's funeral.

Lola Hayne died 10 days ago as the Archer trial at the Old Bailey was coming to a close.

The 61-year-old peer was expected to be taken from the high security Belmarsh prison, London - where he yesterday spent the first full day of his four-year sentence to Grantchester in Cambridgeshire, where the service was taking place.

The news of his mother's worsening condition was given to Archer during his trial for perjury and perverting the course of justice, and the peer was given permission to go to her bedside at her nursing home in Saffron Walden, Essex.

Mrs Haynes, who died aged 87, was being cremated in a service at 10.30am, followed by a service at a Grantchester church.

A Prison Service spokes-man had refused to discuss Archer's case, saying the decision to let Archer attend would be taken by the prison governor.

To compound the former Tory London mayoral candidate's misery, the Daily Star reiterated its intent to recoup the pounds 500,000 the peer won in the libel trial of 1987 - including costs and interest which would swell the amount to pounds 2.2 million.

That trial led to the latest Old Bailey trial, in which Archer was convicted of two counts of perjury and two of perverting the course of justice.

The editor of the Daily Star, Peter Hill, said yesterday he had been confident since the latest proceedings were started against Archer two years ago that the newspaper would overturn the libel damages award.

Newly-released Belmarsh inmates de-scribed Archer's new surroundings as a "nightmare" and recounted how they were strip-searched on entry to the jail.

Inmates include Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs and Jill Dando's killer Barry George.
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