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Complainant Name:
Haringey Council

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Evening Standard


Kevin Crompton, Chief Executive of Haringey Council, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published the inaccurate claim that John Suddaby, the Council's former head of legal services, had spent "thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money trying to ‘cover up'" failures by the Council that contributed to the death of Peter Connelly ("Baby P").


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

Haringey Council

Our report on June 7 said that Haringey council's then-head of legal services John Suddaby led a bid costing thousands of pounds trying to "cover up" failures that contributed to the death of Baby Peter Connelly.

In fact, Mr Suddaby and the council sought court orders restricting reporting of the case only to protect the welfare of children involved. We are happy to clarify this and are sorry for the misunderstanding.

Date Published: 22/08/2011

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