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Complainant Name:
Ms Mary Honeyball MEP

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail


Ms Mary Honeyball MEP complained to the Press Complaints Commission that two articles - reporting on the EU Pregnant Workers' Directive - had inaccurately stated that she had "refused to say which way she voted" on the proposed measures at a European Parliament Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee meeting. She said that the newspaper had misrepresented her position, and that its reporter could have clarified the situation further prior to publication of the article.


The newspaper maintained that its reporter had attempted to speak to the complainant about the vote, but that he had not received a response from her. The complaint was resolved when the PCC helped to negotiate the publication of the following clarification:

Mary Honeyball MEP

Further to our front page article "Firms face £2 billion maternity leave bill" (24 February), and another article on 25 February, we have been asked by Labour MEP Mary Honeyball to clarify that she had not "refused to say which way she voted" on the EU Pregnant Workers Directive. We have subsequently learned that Ms Honeyball did not, in fact, attend the vote in the Women's Committee. We are happy to clarify the situation, and apologise for any confusion caused.

The clarification also appeared online, and newspaper removed references to the complainant from the online versions of the articles.

Date Published: 12/08/2010

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