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Complainant Name:
Mr David Cousins

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Times


Mr David Cousins complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article, which discussed the investigation into the allegation that former Cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell had called police officers "plebs", had inaccurately stated that the Police Federation is a trade union.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction online and in the Corrections and Clarifications column of the newspaper:

"An article by the former Director of Public Prosecutions, Lord Macdonald of River Glaven, QC (Comment, September 18) referred to the Police Federation as "the nation's most effective (and bullying) trade union". Police Officers may not in fact belong to a trade union or take industrial action. The reference should therefore have been to "the nation's most effective (and bullying) staff association".

Date Published: 09/12/2013

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