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Complainant Name:
Mr Robin Tillbrook, Chairman of the English Democrats Party

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Sunday Times


Mr Robin Tilbrook, Chairman of the English Democrats Party, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had breached the terms of Clauses 1 (Accuracy), 2 (Opportunity to reply), and 12 (Discrimination) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The complainant said that the article incorrectly described the English Democrats as "extremist right-wing". There was no evidence that the party was "extremist" or that its politics could be described as "far right".


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following statement in the newspaper:

"A story on the election of police and crime commissioners (Party plodders turn police vote into a flop, November 11, 2012) wrongly referred to the English Democrats as an 'extremist' party. The English Democrats are a nationalist party campaigning, among other things, for an English parliament."

It appended the following statement to the online article:

"An earlier version of this article wrongly referred to the English Democrats as an 'extremist' party. It is a nationalist party."

Date Published: 31/01/2013

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