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Complainant Name:
Mr Ian McCartney MP

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Independent


Mr Ian McCartney MP complained that the newspaper had published inaccurate information about his advisory work for US nuclear firm Fluor. It ran an initial diary item that referred to his role with the firm as not being clear and suggested that there was something curious about the payment of his salary. The complainant then wrote a letter for publication that answered these points, making clear that he received no remuneration for the work and that the money was split between paying someone from his constituency to work in his office and supporting the Womens Interlink Foundation, a charity in India. This letter was edited to remove reference to the charity donation. A subsequent diary item (based on the text of the published letter) then criticised the complainant for apparently paying the entire amount to a worker in his constituency.


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

The Pandora column on 8 and 23 August referred to Ian McCartney and his advisory work for Fluor. We have been asked to make it clear that Mr McCartney personally receives none of the remuneration for this role: part of the fee is used to employ someone in the House of Commons from his Makerfield constituency and the rest is used to support the Women's Interlink Foundation (, a charity based in India which provides disadvantaged women and children with drinking water, health treatments, housing and education. We apologise to Mr McCartney for not including this information in the letter we published from him and for the subsequent misleading Pandora item.

Report: 78

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