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Complainant Name:
Mr Joe Cooke

Clauses Noted: 1, 3, 12

Publication: The Sunday Times


Mr Joe Cooke complained to the Press Complaints Commission about an article which had inaccurately reported that he had arrived at an event at Oxford University wearing a silver suit and carrying a silver-topped cane, which he considered raised a breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The complainant was also concerned that the article had published a photograph of him which he considered to have been private, and had made reference to his racial heritage.


The complaint was resolved after the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction, and payment of a fee for the use of the photograph.

A report ("Save us! We Tory students are being hounded", News, November 25) incorrectly stated that Joe Cooke, a recent president of the Oxford Conservative Association, upset students by turning up at the university in a Rolls-Royce wearing a silver suit and carrying a silver-topped cane. We are happy to correct the record.

Date Published: 14/03/2013

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