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Complainant Name:
Peter Stafford

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Anfield & Walton Star

Complaint:

Peter Stafford, acting in the interests of Merseyside BNP, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had misreported events that had happened on the day of the Fazakerly by-election in Liverpool. The complainant was concerned that the article contained inaccurate claims regarding the behaviour of BNP members and the newspaper had failed to obtain a comment on the matter from the BNP press spokesperson for the area.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the prompt publication of the following letter:

I am responding to the article of February 19 headlined "BNP targets home of city's ex-Lord Mayor". The report stated that a group of BNP supporters had been accused of hurling abuse over a loudspeaker outside the home of Cllr Steve Rotherham on the day of the council by-election in Fazakerley. The only thing that went out over a loud speaker was a pre-recorded message of "Vote Peter Stafford on 18th February". Liverpool BNP were carrying out their democratic right of campaigning when somebody phoned the police and made a complaint. At no time was this a "demo". BNP members were questioned by Merseyside Police officers, who decided that no offences had been committed or laws broken.


Steven Greenhalgh

Media liaison officer

Merseyside British National Party

Date Published: 12/04/2010



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