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Complainant Name:
Christina Cox

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Bootle Times

Complaint:

Christina Cox complained that the newspaper had claimed that she and her daughter were labour party "bosses" who were directly responsible for the de-selection of four local councillors when this was not the case.

Resolution:

The complainant maintained that certain claims within the article were unsubstantiated but accepted the following published correction and apology as a resolution to her complaint:

‘On June 18, we published a report about the de-selection and defection of two Labour councillors in Derby Ward under the headline, "Party bosses blamed as two councillors go". The ward secretary, Anne Thompson, and another member, Chris Cox, were named in the report. It was incorrect to describe them as party bosses as Ms Cox holds no office in the ward and Mrs Thompson, as secretary, is a servant to the ward's bidding. They have asked us to make clear that Cllrs Peter Dowd and Paul Larkin left the ward of their own volition, Cllrs Mark Dowd and James McGinnity were deselected and Cllr John Rice did not stand for re-election. In the article, an un-named ward member blamed Ms Cox and Mrs Thompson for the most recent de-selection of a councillor. We wish to clarify that this was his personal view, which is disputed by other ward members. We apologise for the embarrassment caused.'

Report: 80



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