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Complainant Name:
Councillor Peter Langdon

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Daily Telegraph


Councillor Peter Langdon complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper incorrectly reported that Gosport Borough Council sent ninety-three delegates to Madrid on a waste collection contract visit at a cost of 17,350. In fact, four people went on the visit, which cost 988. The newspaper had subsequently published an inaccurate correction to the article.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper wrote a private letter of apology to the Leader and Chief Executive of Gosport Borough Council and published the following correction:

Gosport Council

Our reports (25 Jan and 4 Feb) gave the wrong details of Gosport Council's trips to research future waste management services. In fact, the total cost of 23 visits across the UK and in Spain was 7,350. This included 988 for sending four people to Madrid.

Date Published: 25/03/2011

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