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Complainant Name:
Councillor John Blackie

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Yorkshire Evening Post

Complaint:

Councillor John Blackie of Hawes, North Yorkshire complained that an article had referred misleadingly to a Standards Board of England inquiry, which had exonerated him and other councillors accused of bullying by finding them not guilty of breaching the National Code of Conduct.

Resolution:

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

A recent article (Embattled council elects leader, 18 May) reported that Richmondshire District Council had elected a new leader, and referred to former leader John Blackie and a number of other councillors. We wish to clarify that although John Blackie (and other councillors) were found guilty of bullying after an inquiry by Richard Penn, they were subsequently exonerated in a Standards Board of England inquiry which found that he and the other councillors had not breached the National Code of Conduct.

Report: 75



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