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Complainant Name:
Brian Donohoe MP

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Irvine Times


Mr Brian Donohoe MP complained to the Press Complaints Commission under Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice about a headline claim that he had been "told to pay back £10k of tax payers' cash". The complainant said that, as the article had made clear, he had voluntarily agreed to pay back any capital gain which he made on his second property following changes to the mortgage interest subsidy rules in 2010.


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

In the edition of the Irvine Times dated 15th May, we printed an article with the headline "MP told to pay back £10k of taxpayers cash." Mr Donohoe has asked us to make clear that he was not 'told' to do this by the IPSA, but he was happy to voluntarily repay any capital gains from his property transactions. While the article makes this clear and contains Mr Donohoe's views on the matter, we accept that the headline was misleading. We are happy to make this clarification.

Date Published: 10/07/2013

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