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Complainant Name:
The Rt Hon David Blunkett MP

Clauses Noted: 1, 3

Publication: The Guardian


The Rt Hon David Blunkett MP complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article in the Guardian, which he said unfairly raised matters about his private life, was inaccurate in suggesting that he had continued to live in a 'grace and favour' home, even though he owned a property in Wandsworth into which he could have moved. He said this would not have been possible because the property was occupied by a tenant at the time.


The newspaper disputed that it had invaded the complainant's privacy but agreed that the disputed point of fact warranted clarification. As such, the complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated publication of the following text:

In a piece headlined 'Squatters move into Blunkett's former home in Belgravia' (December 4, 2010, page 9) we said the former government minister "remained in the property after his resignation in 2004, even though he had a house across the river in Wandsworth". Mr Blunkett has asked us to point out that the terms of the tenancy under which his Wandsworth property was let meant he would have been unable to return to that property before summer 2005.

Date Published: 06/05/2010

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