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Complainant Name:
Electoral Reform Services

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Sun


Electoral Reform Services complained to the Press Complaints Commission through Lewis Silkin solicitors of London that its coverage of the Alternative Vote campaign contained inaccuracies in relation to the organisation.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following letter from the organisation in the newspaper, and the publication of the text on the newspaper's website at the foot of the 13 April article:

On April 13 The Sun published claims by George Osborne, and similar claims subsequently, implying that Electoral Reform Services Limited, the business arm of the Electoral Reform Society, stood to benefit from AV because it could be one of those firms providing voting machines. Mr Osborne was wrong. AV would not have required extra machines. Even if it had ERSL would have made no financial gain because, as any Local Authority Returning Officer will confirm, it neither makes nor supplies such machines. Changing to AV would thus have resulted in no extra income for ERSL.

Date Published: 29/06/2011

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