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Complainant Name:
Mrs Frances Osborne

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Sunday Times


Mrs Frances Osborne complained that the newspaper had reported untrue allegations about her made in an email from Damian McBride, who worked in 10 Downing Street without taking sufficient care to make clear that they were entirely unfounded.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper apologised to the complainant, removed the details of the specific allegations from the website and undertook not to republish them. They published the following wording the next week:

A complaint about last week's coverage of the Damian McBride affair was made by Frances Osborne to the Press Complaints Commission. That complaint was resolved after The Sunday Times agreed not to republish Mr McBride's untrue smears in relation to Mrs Osborne and to remove specific references to them from our website.

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