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Wednesday, 13 June, 2001, 18:01 GMT 19:01 UK
Second Archer secretary identifies diary
Caroline Norman arrives at the Old Bailey
Caroline Norman: Could not remember many details
A second former employee of Lord Archer has identified his office diary in court.

Caroline Norman, who worked as a junior secretary for the former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party in the 1980s, was giving evidence at the novelist's Old Bailey perjury trial.

Miss Newman was asked to look through a dark blue 1986 diary to identify entries she had made.

She told the court it was the office diary used by her and Lord Archer's former senior secretary, Angela Peppiatt.

Angela Peppiatt
Angela Peppiatt says she was asked to make new entries in a blank diary
The prosecution say the diary was suppressed by Lord Archer during his successful 1987 libel trial, and substituted with a fake diary, in which Mrs Peppiatt was asked to make new entries.

Lord Archer was awarded 500,000 damages after he sued the Daily Star for alleging he had slept with prostitute Monica Coghlan.

Mrs Peppiatt has told the court that she was ordered by Lord Archer to make entries into a blank, new diary and deliver it to his solicitors in May 1987.

She said she kept the genuine diary after she left Lord Archer's employment in December that year, and handed it to police in 1999.

She photocopied the new diary pages before and after making the entries and counter-signed a letter with Miss Norman saying she had acted under Lord Archer's orders, the court has heard.

'No specific conversations'

Miss Norman was shown the letter on Wednesday.

She confirmed she had signed it, but told the court she could not remember any of the details.

Lord Archer at the Old Bailey
Lord Archer denies all the charges
The mother-of-four said she had left Lord Archer's employ in 1987 for another job, but had not worked for 11 years because of her children.

"I vaguely remember signing this document. I don't remember the specific conversations at all," she said.

Lord Archer, 61, denies seven charges alleging dishonesty in relation to his libel action - four counts of perverting justice, two of perjury and one of using a diary as a false instrument.

His former friend Ted Francis, a 67-year-old television producer from Surrey, denies perverting the course of justice by providing Lord Archer with a false alibi which was never used in court.

The jury was told Mr Francis was feeling unwell and would not be present in court on Wednesday.

The hearing was adjourned until Thursday.

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