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Complainant Name:
Sir Nicholas Winterton

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Daily Telegraph


Sir Nicholas Winterton complained to the Press Complaints Commission that a parliamentary sketch about the prorogation of Parliament was incorrect in its statement that he and his wife were seen laughing with the Speaker as they shook hands with him. Sir Nicholas said that, in fact, they had been very moved by the occasion and he was almost in tears (as could be seen from the television footage of the occasion). Neither he nor his wife had been laughing - to suggest they had been doing so, especially when the article made reference to them having made ‘notorious expenses claims', was inaccurate and offensive.


The newspaper amended the online version of the article to remove the reference to Sir Nicholas and Lady Winterton laughing. It subsequently agreed to publish the following apology, negotiated by the PCC, under the heading ‘Sir Nicholas and Lady Winterton':

In our April 9 Sketch on the prorogation of Parliament, we described Sir Nicholas and Lady Winterton as laughing with the Speaker as they shook his hand. They have asked us to point out that they were in fact moved by the occasion and almost in tears. We apologise for this and for any embarrassment caused.

The complaint was resolved as a result of this remedial action.

Date Published: 27/07/2010

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