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Complainant Name:
Mr Henry Kirkland

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Sunday Mail


This complaint was originally made to the PCC. As the PCC closed on 8 September the complaint was resolved by the Independent Press Standards Organisation(IPSO) under PCC procedures. IPSO is the new independent regulator of the newspaper and magazine industry.

Mr Henry Kirkland complained, on behalf of Controlled Solutions, to the Press Complaints Commission, under Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice, that an article about conditions during the Commonwealth Games had contained a number of inaccuracies and misleading statements.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following correction and apology, both in print and online:

Our article, ‘"Labour Camp Hell of Games Guards" - 3 August 2014, inaccurately reported that a worker was paid £7.50 an hour, rather than £8.33. He was also provided with a hot evening meal and unlimited snacks contrary to his claim that he had only given a packed lunch. We apologise to Controlled Solutions Group of Manchester for the inaccuracies.

CSG, have asked also us to make clear that they worked closely with the relevant authorities to ensure the conditions met the required standards. They also say that there was no flooding of the marquees which, having been inspected, were not squalid and that they had arranged to use of the facilities at the local Rugby club prior to the event.

We would also like to point out that our informant did not use his given surname for the interview, but used his birth name instead.

Date Published: 21/01/2015

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