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Complainant Name:
Mr James A Mackie

Clauses Noted: 1, 3

Publication: The Scotsman

Complaint:

Mr James A Mackie complained that an article was inaccurate when it stated that he was to send a letter to members of the Scottish Conservative Party asking that all Conservative MSPs be deselected.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following clarification: “In an article published on August 28 under the headline ‘Rebels urge party members to oust all Tory MSPs at Holyrood elections’ it was stated that a letter written by Jim Mackie, a Tory candidate for Ochil, called on party members to deselect all Conservative MSPs. Mr Mackie has asked us to point out that the letter in question was not written by him, but by his campaign manager, and forwarded to him for his comments. Mr Mackie has further asked us to point out that the draft letter was never sent out and that he did not authorise its circulation. We hope this clarifies matters and regret any misunderstanding”.

Report: 74



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