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Complainant Name:
Cllr Billy McAllister

Clauses Noted: 1, 2

Publication: The Herald (Glasgow)

Complaint:

Cllr Billy McAllister complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had breached Clause 1 (Accuracy) and Clause 2 (Opportunity to reply) of the Editors' Code of Practice in an article about some local councillors refusing to stand up when the Lord Provost enters council meetings. He said that he did not recall ever being warned about his poor behaviour; that only one council member had expressed frustration at his conduct; and that it was inaccurate to say that he had not been focusing his efforts on the issues that mattered to the people of Glasgow.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the appending of the following statement to the online article:

"Councillor McAllister said: I have fought hard for my constituents - and the citizens of Glasgow - since I was elected in 2005 and before that as a community activist. My record speaks for itself.

I have never been formally warned about my behaviour by the Lord Provost, there is absolutely no evidence of cross-Party frustration with me and I am fighting for the issues that matter to Glaswegians every single day. I am one of the most active councillors in Glasgow, on issues such as social security, food banks, housing and education.

I will continue to defend the rights of my constituents and my own integrity at all times."

Date Published: 12/09/2014



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