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Updated on 25 April 2009

Tory MP Nadine Dorries will take legal action over the "smeargate" emails, she has announced.

Ms Dorries was one of a number of Conservative MPs named in emails from Gordon Brown's special adviser Damian McBride to other Labour activists about fictitious smear stories to be spread on the internet.

Mr McBride was forced to resign after details of the messages became public earlier this month.

In a brief message on her website blog, Ms Dorries wrote: "I have instructed and proceeded with legal action. Obviously, I am not going to say anything at all at this stage, other than that."

The move comes just days after Ms Dorries secured a personal apology from Mr Brown when she confronted him at Prime Minister's Questions in the Commons.

Ms Dorries asked the PM: "Would you like to take this opportunity to apologise to me for what happened?" Mr Brown replied: "Yes. And I have said sorry this has happened and I have also written to you personally."

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