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Complainant Name:
Mr Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Mail on Sunday

Complaint:

Mr Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, complained that the newspaper had published inaccuracies in three articles, raising a breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The complainant said that the newspaper incorrectly alleged that he had set up a "sham office" in order to "milk travel expenses". It also inaccurately claimed that: he had appointed an office close to home as his primary place of work in order that he could claim for journeys made to police headquarters, which were 45 minutes from his home; the complainant had appointed a chauffeur who would cost taxpayers £20,000 a year; and he received £15,000 in allowances as a Tory councillor. The complainant considered the assertion that he had had to repay £142 for travel expenses was misleading.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following statement as a footnote to the online articles:

Since publication of this article we have been asked to make clear that Mr Stansfeld had intended to use the Hungerford office as his permanent place of work. The audit report did not conclude it was a "sham" office. In addition, we confirm that the support officer/ driver, was part-time with a salary of £11,980. Mr Stansfeld has also clarified that he stood down as Executive Member of West Berkshire Council prior to becoming Police and Crime Commissioner, and now receives the basic allowance of £6,149 rather than £15,000 as reported.

Date Published: 07/11/2013



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