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Complainant Name:
The Rt Hon Frank Field MP

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Mail on Sunday


The Rt Hon Frank Field, MP for Birkenhead, complained that an article was wrong in reporting that he had accused the Schools Secretary, Ed Balls, of using Government education policy to boost his own position. The article said that, in an interview with the newspapers reporter, the complainant had been critical of Mr Balls and had alleged that the latter disapproved of the city academies programme. The complainant said that the report completely misrepresented his conversation with the Mail on Sundays journalist.


The matter was resolved when the newspaper published the following correction, under the heading Frank Field MP, in which it accepted that it had misrepresented the complainants position:

On October 19, 2008, we reported that Frank Field MP accused Ed Balls, the Schools Secretary, of using the issue of city academies to promote his own position in the Labour Party. We accept that Mr Field made no such accusation during our interview; indeed he was at pains to stress the opposite. He did not criticise Mr Balls for choosing his own team of ministers; nor does he regard him as being anti-academy. We are happy to set the record straight.

Report: 78

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