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Complainant Name:
Mr Michael Cameron

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Sunday Life

Complaint:

Mr Michael Cameron complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an article with a number of inaccuracies in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction and apology:

PAM BROWN AND MICHAEL CAMERON

IN an article on June 2 this year headlined Glam Pam's Lover Named In Divorce we reported on how civil servant Michael Cameron had been named in the divorce of DUP MLA Pam Brown (formerly Lewis) and her husband Ian Lewis - the case was listed in the High Court as Lewis J v Brown P, Cameron M.

Mr Cameron and his fiancée Ms Brown have stated that contrary to what was suggested in the article they had not met prior to June 9, 2011 when they met at Stormont Parliament Buildings when Ms Brown was accompanied by her husband. Four days later Ms Brown left her marriage of 20 years to be with Mr Cameron. In June 2011 after Sunday Life revealed Ms Brown had left her husband for Mr Cameron she issued a statement apologising for any hurt caused and made it clear she would not comment further on this private matter. Mr Cameron and Ms Brown state that prior to June 9, 2011 they only communicated via Facebook and text.

The article of June 2 incorrectly stated that Mr Cameron had worked for former Secretary of State, Peter Mandelson. We apologise for that error. The article also gave an incorrect figure for the recent sale of Ms Brown's former family home (slightly under the advertised asking price) when in fact it sold for a much lower figure.

It was also stated that the DUP had 'stopped' Ms Brown opening an office close to a party colleague's office in Antrim town. While Sunday Life stands by previous reports from party sources that there was some opposition to Ms Brown's plans to open a taxpayer funded office near another DUP office in Antrim we accept her assurance that the party made no ruling on the matter and that her choice of office location was her own. We are happy to set the record straight.

Date Published: 16/09/2013



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