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Climategate: Sceptic sorry for UEA staff in scandal

The Climategate affair questioned the integrity of climatic research

A retired engineer at the centre of the 2009 Climategate scandal has said he is sorry for the distress caused at the University of East Anglia (UEA).

David Holland was one of a small group of climate change sceptics whose request for information from the UEA's Climate Research Unit was denied.

Mr Holland told BBC Inside Out he did not regret his enquiry, but felt sorry for the staff involved in the scandal.

"I sat in on the select committee hearings - I was shocked," he said.

"I had never met Phil Jones [unit director] before then. He was certainly suffering greatly from it.

"No-one with any humanity could not feel extremely sorry for the guy and everyone at the University of East Anglia, because there's a lot of people who had nothing to do with it whose lives will have been interfered with.

"It is a great tragedy for them," he added.

A year on from the affair, where the UEA was cleared of exaggerating data on global warming but criticised for holding back its research from the public, the centre's work has been defended and Phil Jones reinstated as director.

"I regret we weren't as proactively transparent as we might have been, because as the Muir Russell report demonstrated conclusively we had nothing at all to hide," said Trevor Davies, pro-vice chancellor at the UEA.

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