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Complainant Name:
Mr Anthony Bailey OBE

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail

Complaint:

Mr Anthony Bailey OBE complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article had referred to an accusation of blackmail made against him in 1995, but had failed to make clear that the case was dismissed in a magistrate's court, which found that the person making the allegation was a ‘fraud' and an ‘imposter'. The article had also stated that the Labour Party's acceptance of a donation by the complainant was misguided, when in fact - after refusing a donation in 2005 - the Labour Party apologised for the error and welcomed donations from the complainant.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification:

Anthony Bailey

Further to a column by freelance commentator Mark Seddon on 28 August 2010 we wish to clarify that an accusation of blackmail against Anthony Bailey OBE was thrown out by a magistrate's court in 1995, which concluded that his accuser was himself ‘a fraud and an imposter'. Mr Bailey was awarded full costs. We regret this was omitted from our report and are happy to make clear that, after refusing a donation from him in 2005, the Labour Party subsequently agreed their reason for the rejection had been mistaken and accepted further donations from him. We apologise that these omissions caused distress.

Date Published: 11/05/2011



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