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Louise Mensch MP v The Sunday Times

The Press Complaints Commission has negotiated an apology to the Member of Parliament for Corby, Louise Mensch, which was published in yesterday's Sunday Times (4th December).

The apology read as follows:

"A recent interview with, and news story about, Louise Mensch ("She's a naughty girl but sharp with it", News Review, and "Tory MP tells of drugs harming her state of mind", News, November 6) contained inaccuracies. The interview stated that Mrs Mensch had "posed in a see-through Stella McCartney sex sheath". In fact, Mrs Mensch had told the journalist she had refused to wear the dress without a body stocking. The interview also stated that Mrs Mensch had blamed a journalist for the fact she had volunteered that she had undergone plastic surgery. Mrs Mensch never said she blamed the journalist. The news article stated that Mrs Mensch "also blamed the venues she attended" for her drug use. Mrs Mensch had made it clear to the journalist that she accepted full responsibility for her actions. The news article also quoted Mrs Mensch saying "in some ways drug-taking is a natural part of growing up". What Mrs Mensch actually said was that for those who have used them, giving up drugs is a natural part of growing up. She stated that drugs were not a necessary part of youth. We apologise for these errors and wish to correct the record."

The apology was published in the newspaper's 'Corrections and Clarifications' column and online here (NB: behind the paywall).

Mrs Mensch has tweeted about the case: "Grateful that PCC brokered deal w/ Sunday Times resulting in multiple corrections & an apology for inaccuracies in the Camilla Long pieces".

A formal summary of the complaint will be published on this website in due course.

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