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Complainant Name:
Lord Triesman

Clauses Noted: 1, 3, 10

Publication: The Mail on Sunday


Lord Triesman complained to the Press Complaints Commission through Harbottle & Lewis Solicitors of London that an article of May 2010 intruded into his private life in breach of Clause 3 and had included information which had been obtained in a manner which breached Clause 10 of the Editors' Code. He also complained that the article was inaccurate and misleading in breach of Clause 1.

The complainant had initiated legal action at the time of publication before deciding to lodge a complaint with the PCC. The complaint was not fully formalised for several months for a variety of reasons. Before the Commission could rule upon the matter formally, the complaint was resolved between the parties.


The newspaper defended the publication of the article and did not consider that the Code had been breached. Nonetheless, the complaint was resolved privately when - after lengthy negotiations - the PCC arranged for the online versions of the articles to be amended in an agreed manner. The newspaper also gave an assurance as to future publication.

Date Published: 25/11/2011

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