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Complainant Name:
Mr David Amess

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Echo (Southend)


Mr David Amess, Member of Parliament for Southend West, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article which reported a question he had asked in Parliament about sustainable local transport was inaccurate and misleading.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following apology, in addition to the removal of the original article and the readers' comments which accompanied it:

In an article on December 7, to which readers responded in published letters, the Echo reported questions asked in Parliament by David Amess MP in relation to sustainable local transport, in which he said "Like most cycle networks in the country, ours does not best meet the needs of centenarians". We would like to make clear that Mr Amess's comments were intended to emphasise his overall point that the ageing population rely on buses rather than bicycles; he was not asking for better provisions for hundred-year-old cyclists. We apologise to Mr Amess for any distress caused and are happy to set the record straight.

Date Published: 11/05/2011

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