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Complainant Name:
Mr Kevin Hurley

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Mail on Sunday


Mr Kevin Hurley, Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published inaccurate and misleading information in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The complainant said that the newspaper had incorrectly claimed that there had been an investigation into him following allegations of a conflict of interest. There had been no such investigation into his interests.


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

On April 21 we reported that Kevin Hurley, Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey, faced an investigation by the Surrey Police and Crime panel over concerns about a possible conflict of interest. The panel's officers looked into the rules about private interests and it was concluded, in Mr Hurley's case, that there was no conflict. We are happy to report this.

It also appended the following wording to the online article:

Since publication of the above report, council officers have examined the rules about interests and it has been concluded that Mr Hurley had no conflict of interest in this case. He was not questioned as part of this enquiry. We are happy to report this and set the record straight.

Date Published: 03/09/2013

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