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Complainant Name:
Mr Gordon Brown MP

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Daily Telegraph

Complaint:

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 ‘spent nearly 20,000 of his parliamentary expenses on flying between London and Edinburgh, despite rarely appearing in the House of Commons'. The complainant was concerned that the article misled readers to believe that he had claimed money for something other than his parliamentary work. Furthermore, the complainant said that an online version of the article wrongly suggested that he had claimed for accommodation when visiting London.

Resolution:

The matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification both online and in print. The online version also included a sentence making clear that ‘Mr Brown makes no claim for London accommodation'.

An article on Aug 18 reported that Mr Brown had been criticised by the Conservatives for claiming 20,000 for flights despite his attendance rate in the House of Commons. We are happy to make clear that Parliamentary rules permit claims for expenditure incurred "in the performance of an MPs' parliamentary functions", including meetings, delegations, briefings and all constituency duties.

Date Published: 19/11/2012



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