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Complainant Name:
Mr Martin Brighton

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Sheffield Telegraph


Mr Martin Brighton of Sheffield complained that an article reported that he had been banned from asking questions in meetings of Sheffield Council and had contained various inaccuracies regarding the circumstances of his alleged ban. The complainant made clear that there had been no blanket ban on his asking questions, as supported by both the councils Secretariat and the Liberal Democrat leadership.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published an apology on its website in the following terms:

In the article "Council ban on man's questions" (Nov 10), we reported that Martin Brighton had been banned from asking questions at council meetings. We would like to clarify that while it was suggested that he report his more serious complaints to the appropriate authorities, there was no blanket ban imposed on Mr Brighton from asking questions, as was confirmed to us at the time. We apologise to Mr Brighton for any distress caused.

Report: 78

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