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Complainant Name:
Liberal Democrats

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Halifax Evening Courier

Complaint:

Mr Mark Littlewood, Head of Media for the Liberal Democrats, complained that an article had inaccurately claimed that Liberal Democrat Councillors had wooed the BNP as part of a plan to take control of Calderdale Council. In fact, it had been Calderdale Liberal Democrat Group policy not to deal with the BNP on any subject ever since they were first elected in Calderdale.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following clarification:

‘Lib Dems and the Evening Courier – An article headlined “Lib Dems woo BNP in bid to oust Tories”, which appeared on Page 3 of the Courier on October 12, asserted that the Liberal Democrat group leader on Calderdale Council, Patrick Phillips, in a plan to take control of the authority, was prepared to form an alliance with the BNP. We are happy to clarify that while the Liberal Democrats were prepared to take control of Calderdale Council, they would not give the far-Right party any say in policy. We fully accept that the Liberal Democrats have not wooed the BNP.’

Report: 74



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