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Complainant Name:
Lord Martin of Springburn

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Sunday Telegraph


Lord Martin of Springburn complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article which claimed that he was part of a "Labour heavy mob" intent on disrupting proceedings in the House of Lords was inaccurate and misleading.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following text, in the newspaper and online, in addition to the amendment of the online article:

Following "The Labour heavy mob rides roughshod over Lords tradition" (Jan 23), Lord Martin of Springburn has asked us to make clear that as a former Commons Speaker he sits as an independent Crossbencher in the House of Lords, and that while he spoke in debates on the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill he did not act in consort with Labour peers to disrupt the proceedings. We accept his position.

Date Published: 11/04/2011

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