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Complainant Name:
Mr Craig Whittaker MP

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Halifax Evening Courier


Mr Craig Whittaker MP complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published a misleading article. The article reported that his son was moving to Australia after Mr Whittaker had allegedly assaulted him. However, it had failed to make clear that his son had been planning to emigrate prior to the alleged assault. The complainant considered that readers would be misled into understanding his son's move was connected to the alleged incident.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following wording:

Headline: MP's son planned to leave UK before alleged attack

The Courier reported on February 4 that Lee Whittaker was planning to emigrate to Australia.

This followed a report of the arrest of his father, Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker, on Boxing Day, on suspicion of assaulting his son.

We have been asked to point out Lee Whittaker was planning to emigrate before the alleged attack and not as a result of it.

We apologise if any reader assumed the two matters were connected and are happy to set the record straight.

Date Published: 29/03/2012

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