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Complainant Name:
Mr Jonathan Tucker

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Gloucestershire Echo


Jonathan Tucker complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an article which wrongly stated that a local political magazine contained a "spirited tribute" to Martin Horwood (Liberal Democrat MP for Cheltenham) from television presenter Floella Benjamin. The complainant pointed out that Ms Benjamin had not made any such "spirited tribute" and the magazine article in question was a generic piece that had appeared in numerous political magazines across the country.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated that publication of the following correction:

In an article in the Gloucestershire Echo on March 15, we reported that a Liberal Democrat magazine had carried an article by the children's television presenter Floella Benjamin. We said that she paid Cheltenham Candidate Martin Horwood a "spirited tribute". It has been pointed out to us that the article did not make any direct reference to Mr Horwood and has appeared in other Liberal Democrat publications supporting other candidates. It follows; we accept the spirited endorsement was of the Liberal Democrats rather than Mr Horwood personally. We are happy to make this clear.

The item was published in the newspaper with prominence equal to that of the original and a version was also appended to the online article.

Date Published: 21/04/2010

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