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Complainant Name:
Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Daily Telegraph


Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had inaccurately reported his views on students paying council tax, in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The newspaper said it had relied on the official minutes of the Department for Communities and Local Government for its article. However, the Local Government Association had taken a fuller minute of the meeting setting out more accurately Cllr Vernon-Jackson's views.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the inclusion of the full text of a letter regarding the comments made by the complainant in the online version of the article, as well as the publication of the following clarification in the newspaper:

"Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson

We have been asked to point out that the official minutes upon which we based our article ‘Lib Dems in student council tax row' (March 7) were ambiguous. Councillor Vernon-Jackson is not in favour of students paying council tax as suggested in those minutes."

Date Published: 12/10/2012

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