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Complainant Name:
Alex McLachlan

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Scottish Daily Mail


Mr Mark McLachlan complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had breached Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The complainant said that it was incorrect to claim that he had published "the vilest - usually sexual - allegations about Labour, Tory or Lib Dem politicians, and other public figures" on his blog.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following wording in the newspaper's page 2 "Clarifications & corrections" column:

A comment piece on 5 April said that the allegations published on Mark McLachlan's blog ‘The Universality of Cheese' were "usually sexual". We have been asked to make clear that the majority of the allegations were not of a sexual nature.

Date Published: 30/08/2012

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