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Complainant Name:
Mrs Sue Slater

Clauses Noted: 1, 3

Publication: Nelson Leader


Mrs Sue Slater complained to the Press Complaints Commission that a reader's letter contained inaccurate information regarding her remuneration package from her employer, Pendle Leisure Trust, in breach of Clauses 1 (Accuracy) and 3 (Privacy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.


While the newspaper accepted that the information regarding the complainant's remuneration was incorrect, it denied that the letter was capable of raising a breach of Clause 3. The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification and apology:

A Letter headed ' Inquiry needed' that was published in Leader Times newspapers inferred that Pendle Leisure Trust operations manager Sue Slater was paid "big bucks and had a top-of-the-range company car'. We would like to point out that the reference to her remuneration was factually incorrect and apologise for any embarrassment or distress caused to Sue Slater and her family.

Date Published: 09/08/2012

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