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Complainant Name:
Mr Norman Hill

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: North-West Evening Mail


Mr Norman Hill of Barrow complained that a published letter written by William OBrien a member of the Peoples Party contained the inaccurate claim that at one time he had been one of our allies. Although he knew of Mr OBrien, the complainant had never met him and would never be allied to the Peoples Party. The complainant raised additional concerns about the letter, including over Mr OBriens questioning of the reason for his failure to be elected in the recent election.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published a letter from the complainant in the following terms:

Peoples Party member William OBrien stated we were once allies (Evening Mail, June 16).

I categorically state that I do not know, nor have ever conversed or communicated with William OBrien and I would never be an ally of publicity-seeking political opportunists and their leader J Hamezeian, known as the Peoples Party.

Mr OBrien wonders why? councillor J Hamezeian was re-elected for Ormsgill Ward when I failed to be elected in Central Ward.

Well it is really quite simple I only obtained enough votes to achieve third position in a competition of five candidates. But of course William OBrien must surely know that it is how democracy works so why the question?

Is he implying he knows of other reasons for my lack of success in the May election? If so, he should, in fairness, identify them so I may have an opportunity to respond. If not, exactly what is the purpose of his question?

Report: 77

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