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Complainant Name:
Sir Suart Bell MP

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail


Sir Stuart Bell MP complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published inaccurate information in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy).


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction and apology to the complainant:

A comment piece (9 September) said that the Middlesbrough Evening Gazette had left messages with the office of Sir Stuart Bell MP 100 times which were not returned.

In fact the Gazette had reported that its calls had not been answered. He does not have a pied a terre in Paris as we suggested and he has had no abode in France since 1977.

His only home is in his constituency which also acts as his office. We are happy to set the record straight and apologise for the errors.

In addition, the newspaper agreed to pay the complainant's reasonable legal costs in relation to the matter.

Date Published: 19/01/2012

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