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Complainant Name:
Mr Gordon Brown MP

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Sunday Times


Mr Gordon Brown MP complained to the Press Complaints Commission under Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice about an article which reported that he had claimed £114,998 of an allowance available to former Prime Ministers to assist with the performance of public duties. The complainant explained that the Public Duty Costs Allowance was a reimbursement for office and staff costs. He contended that the article, which had referred to the funds as ‘wonga', led readers to believe that he took the money personally.


The matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification:

Further to our article of 22 July ‘Hey, Gordy, spare us your change', we are happy to clarify that the ex-PM public duty allowance is not received by Mr Brown personally, but goes directly towards office and staff costs.'

Date Published: 19/11/2012

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