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Complainant Name:
Mrs Cecilia Wilkinson

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Times


Mrs Cecilia Wilkinson complained to the Press Complaints Commission, under Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice, that the newspaper had published a number of inaccuracies in an obituary of her late husband, John Wilkinson.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of two further obituaries on the newspaper's website and the publication of the following clarification:

"We stated in our obituary of John Wilkinson MP (March 19) that the denial of promotion in his political career "may have irked" him. His widow has asked us to make clear that she strenuously denies this to have been the case. She also wishes to emphasise that her husband's main ambition was to be a dedicated public servant. This was borne out by the fact that he remained an MP for over 29 years".

Date Published: 05/09/2014

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