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Complainant Name:
Lord Soley

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Sunday Express

Complaint:

Lord Soley of Hammersmith complained that the newspaper had inaccurately reported his view on House of Lords expenses. He made clear the importance of reporting accurately the issue of expenses, at a time when public confidence in the system was so low.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following correction:

Further to our article of 26th July, we wish to clarify our account of Lord Soley's views about expenses. Lord Soley did not "pocket" 45,000 last year, rather he received this money to cover expenses and office costs, which includes secretarial and research work. Our article wrongly referred to the payment of expenses and office costs as a "salary". Members of the House of Lords do not receive a salary. Lord Soley's proposed reform is to merge the daily and nightly subsistence payments, and create an allowance for peers. Any expense claims would have to be accompanied by receipts. We are happy to make this clear.

Date Published: 80



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