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Complainant Name:
Ms Jenny Watson

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Times


Ms Jenny Watson complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article about the manner in which she left the Audit Commission was inaccurate and misleading.


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

Your article "‘Quango queen' sacked from the Audit Commission" (September 8), based on quotes from an anonymous source, made two serious allegations that I reject. I was not "sacked" either for incompetence or for any other reason. My term of office expired and I was not invited to undertake a second term at the Audit Commission. The allegation that I "begged" the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to be reappointed to the Commission is totally untrue. I responded positively to a preliminary enquiry from the Audit Commission as to whether I would accept a further term should it be offered. But I had no contact with the Secretary of State, with Ministers, with special advisers or with civil servants within the Department for Communities and Local Government. It was solely for the Audit Commission itself, which had no complaints whatsoever about my performance, to deal directly with the DCLG on this matter, which it did by recommending my reappointment.

Date Published: 14/01/2011

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