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Complainant Name:
Ms Jenny Watson

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail


Ms Jenny Watson complained to the Press Complaints Commission that two articles about the manner in which she left the Audit Commission were inaccurate and misleading.


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

I was not ‘sacked' from the Audit Commission (Mail) for incompetence or for any other reason. My term of office merely expired and I was not invited to undertake a second term. The allegation that I ‘begged' the Communities and Local Government Secretary to be re-appointed 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, special advisers or civil servants in the Department for Communities and Local Government in relation to my role there. It was solely for the Audit Commission itself, which had no complaints about my performance, to deal directly with the Department, which it did by recommending my re-appointment.

Date Published: 14/01/2011

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