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Complainant Name:
Ms Deborah Dunlop

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Mail on Sunday

Complaint:

Ms Deborah Dunlop complained that the newspaper had published an article, which wrongly claimed that she received a Commons pass from Phil Woolas MP while she was a director of an environmental lobbying company. It also quoted the lobbying industry body (the Association of Professional Political Consultants) as saying that this was in breach of its Code of Conduct. She made clear that the company was dormant while she worked for Mr Woolas. The newspaper had actually spoken to a source at the APPC, and was not quoting its official position. In any case, the complainant’s company was not regulated by the APPC.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper removed the article from the website, deleted the photograph of the complainant from its files, and published the following apology:


Regarding our story on September 21 “Why did climate change Minister give Commons pass to friend who is green lobbyist?” we have been asked to make clear that Deborah Dunlop’s lobbying business was not active at the time she held a pass. A suggestion she has broken the code of the Association of Professional Political Consultants was the opinion of an individual member and not of the Association itself. We apologise for any misunderstanding.

Report: 78



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