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Complainant Name:
Ms Kali Mountford MP

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Huddersfield Daily Examiner

Complaint:

Ms Kali Mountford MP complained that an article had inaccurately reported that she had sought to deny that MPs did not receive a payment for ‘finishing as an MP'. In fact, she was aware that retiring or defeated MPs received a resettlement grant but there had been confusion over questions put to her by the newspaper's reporter. She also complained that her husband and assistant had been misquoted.

Resolution:

The matter was resolved when the newspaper published the following apology under the heading ‘MP Kali Mountford':

"On May 23 and June 4, we reported that Colne Valley MP Kali Mountford had told us that there was no payment for 'finishing as an MP'. In fact, when we first asked her about so-called 'parachute payments', there was some confusion about whether we were referring to an allowance that allows retiring or defeated MPs to clear their backlog and hand over cases to their successor, or to the Resettlement Grant, which is essentially a redundancy payment. Ms Mountford believed we were talking about the former allowance, which does not directly benefit MPs. We accept that Ms Mountford was not seeking to mislead people and apologise for any confusion.

Additionally, we quoted Ian Leedham, Ms Mountford's husband and assistant, as saying that he could not remember which charitable causes she donated money to after receiving a windfall on her second home. We are happy to clarify that he was not referring to the sums given to charity but to the precise amount of capital gains tax they had paid following the sale of their second home."

(Original item - p 4 & 5; apology - p4)

Report: 79



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