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Complainant Name:
Mr Steve Gillan

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Sun


Mr Steve Gillan, General Secretary of the Prison Officers' Association, complained to the Press Complaints Commission through Thompsons Solicitors that the newspaper had published an article reporting on his annual benefits package which was inaccurate and misleading in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.


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

On November 21, 2011, The Sun published an article entitled ‘Scandal of Union Chiefs' £2.6m Pay Deals'. In that article, we cited POA General Secretary Steve Gillan's annual benefits package as being £62,131. This figure was based on information in the annual report of the Certification Officer for 2010-11. We have now been informed that in fact, his total annual benefits package is £24,689.50. We are happy to make this clear and to set the record straight.

Date Published: 28/05/2012

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