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Complainant Name:
Len Duvall OBE

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Evening Standard

Complaint:

Len Duvall OBE, Chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority, complained that two comment articles which referred to the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes – and the subsequent guilty verdict against the Metropolitan Police – contained inaccuracies.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following clarification in addition to marking its internal records with the points raised:

“On 8 November we reported that the chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority, Len Duvall, issued a statement supporting Commissioner Ian Blair without consulting the MPA following the guilty verdict against the Metropolitan Police over the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes. Mr Duvall has asked us to point out that his draft statement was discussed at a meeting of MPA committee chairs in preparation for the possibility of a guilty verdict. Nine out of ten chairs attended. There are in total 23 MPA members. The MPA has also assured us that Mr Duvall was not involved in any of the Stockwell disciplinary processes. We are happy to clarify this and regret any misunderstandings”.

Report: 77



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