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Complainant Name:
Cllr Billy Blekinsopp

Clauses Noted: 12

Publication: Daily Mail


Cllr Billy Blenkinsopp complained through his representative, Syd Howarth, that the newspaper had breached Clause 12 (Discrimination) of the Editors' Code by publishing an article that commented unfavourably on a wig he wears. Cllr Blenkinsopp wears a wig because of injuries he sustained in a road accident, and he considered that the newspaper had made a pejorative reference to his disability.


The newspaper said it had been entirely unaware of the complainant's injuries at the time of publication and could not have breached the terms of Clause 12. However, it regretted having inadvertently caused him distress. The matter was resolved when the newspaper sent a private letter of regret to the complainant and made a goodwill donation to charity.

Date Published: 23/06/2011

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