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Complainant Name:
Ms Louise Mensch MP

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Sunday Times


Ms Louise Mensch, MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an interview with her - and an associated news item - contained inaccuracies.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction and apology, in the newspaper and online (with appropriate links to and from the online articles), in addition to the amendment of the online news item:

A recent interview with, and news story about, Louise Mensch ("She's a naughty girl but sharp with it", News Review, and "Tory MP tells of drugs harming her state of mind", News, November 6) contained inaccuracies. The interview stated that Mrs Mensch had "posed in a see-through Stella McCartney sex sheath". In fact, Mrs Mensch had told the journalist she had refused to wear the dress without a body stocking. The interview also stated that Mrs Mensch had blamed a journalist for the fact that she had volunteered that she had undergone plastic surgery. Mrs Mensch never said she blamed the journalist. The news article stated that Mrs Mensch "also blamed the venues she attended" for her drug use. Mrs Mensch had made it clear to the journalist that she accepted full responsibility for her actions. The news article also quoted Mrs Mensch saying "in some ways drug-taking is a natural part of growing up". What Mrs Mensch actually said was for those who have used them, giving up drugs is a natural part of growing up. She stated that drugs were not a necessary part of youth. We apologise for these errors and wish to correct the record.

Date Published: 10/01/2012

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