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Complainant Name:
Mr Elliot Morley

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Mail on Sunday


Mr Elliot Morley complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article which reported that he had been attacked in jail - and had had a £3,000 Rolex stolen - was inaccurate and misleading. In fact, he had been the victim of a minor theft when his ID card and room key were snatched (following, he said, rumours that the ID card was of value) by a fellow prisoner who was subsequently identified and admonished. The complainant had never owned a Rolex.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction, in the newspaper and online, in addition to the removal of the original article from the newspaper's website:

An article on August 7 said the former MP Elliot Morley, who was jailed for his role in the MPs expenses scandal, was said to have been roughed up by a fellow prisoner, frogmarched to his cell and forced to hand over a £3,000 Rolex watch. We quoted sources at Ford Prison. In fact, Mr Morley suffered only a minor theft when his room key and ID card were snatched from his lanyard. He has never owned a Rolex. There was no "lockdown" of the jail.

Date Published: 08/12/2011

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