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Complainant Name:
Steve Atkinson

Clauses Noted: 1, 2

Publication: The Westmorland Gazette

Complaint:

Steve Atkinson of Cumbria complained that the newspaper had published a letter from the local Councillor for South Lakeland District Council which claimed that he Ďhimself acknowledges in a letter [that the councilís methods of consulting the community] have concluded with residents appreciating the problems faced by the councilí. The complainant said he had never acknowledged anything the council had said or done.

Resolution:

The newspaper pointed out that the substance of the complainantís concerns appeared to be directed at the council, rather than the newspaper. The complainant made clear that that he attached no blame to the newspaper which had always acted in good faith. The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published a follow-up article from the complainant in which he disputed the point in the councillorís letter, and tagged its records to reflect the position.

Report: 74



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