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Complainant Name:
Ms Christine Grahame MSP

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Sunday Herald

Complaint:

Ms Christine Grahame MSP complained that the newspaper had inaccurately stated that she “employs her brother Tony”. In fact, she had employed her brother only on a part-time basis for a brief period earlier in the year; at the time of the article, he helped only in a voluntary capacity. She was concerned that the error was compounded by an erroneous reference in a subsequent diary column to her having once “employed her son”, which was entirely incorrect.

Resolution:

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

“Further to our article of 23rd September, in which we claimed that Christine Grahame MSP “employs her brother Tony”, we have been asked to make clear that Ms Grahame only employed her brother on a part-time basis for 3 weeks in May 2007 to fill in during a permanent employee's holiday leave . He currently assists only in a voluntary capacity. Our diary piece on September 30th then referred to Ms Grahame as having once “employed her son”. This was incorrect and we apologise for that misunderstanding”.

Report: 76



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