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Complainant Name:
Jacqui Smith MP

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Daily Telegraph

Complaint:

Jacqui Smith MP complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article about parliamentary expenses was accompanied by a photo of her in front of a billboard which had the word ‘theft' on it. She said the clear implication of the photo was that she had been found guilty of criminality in relation to her expenses claims. This was not the case; she had not been charged nor was she the subject of a criminal investigation.

Resolution:

The newspaper argued that readers would not have been misled. However, it agreed to publish a clarification and the complaint was resolved on that basis. The statement, headlined ‘Jacqui Smith', read:

Alongside our 13 October front page article "But no need for Smith to repay 100,000 in incorrect claims" we published a photograph of Jacqui Smith, the former home secretary, in front of a billboard which had the word ‘theft' written on it. We are happy to make clear that regarding the parliamentary investigation of her expenses claims Ms Smith was never accused or found guilty of acting illegally.

Date Published: 28/01/2010



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