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Complainant Name:
Bill Wiggin MP

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Ledbury Reporter

Complaint:

Bill Wiggin MP complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article which reported on his expenses was inaccurate and misleading.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification, in the newspaper and online:

An article of 4 March ("Watchdog set to quiz MP on cash") stated that Bill Wiggin MP had "claimed 4,009 from Parliamentary costs which he did not actually incur between 2004 and 2006". We would like to make clear that the 4,009 figure, which he was asked to repay, represents half the sum Mr Wiggin was paid from Parliamentary allowances in regard to his second home in London. In addition, the incorrect designation of Mr Wiggin's main home (his constituency home) as his second home was described by the Standards and Privileges Committee as "unfortunate and unintended. Mr Wiggin gained nothing and the public purse lost nothing". We are happy to clarify these points.

Date Published: 10/06/2011



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