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Complainant Name:
Mr Gordon Brown MP

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Daily Telegraph

Complaint:

Mr Gordon Brown MP complained to the Press Complaints Commission under Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice about an article which reported that a press conference he had been due to give at the United Nations had been ‘cancelled after only one journalist turned up to hear him speak'. The complainant expressed concern about a claim that he had ‘stood in the background' as ‘a message was played over a loudspeaker reminding the media that [he] was due to speak', explaining that - owing to his speaking at another event which overran - he was not available for the press conference. The complainant also objected to an assertion in the online version of the article which stated that he was paid ‘handsomely' for his speeches. The complainant explained that all money from his speeches and writings goes to the Office of Gordon and Sarah Brown to fund his and his wife's charitable and public service work, including their disbursement programme of donations to individual charities, and that not a single penny goes to him personally.

Resolution:

The matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarifications in print and online:

Following "Brown's UN briefing cancelled after only one reporter turns up" (Sep 28), we are happy to add that Mr Brown was paying tribute to Aung San Suu Kyi in another meeting which overran.

and

Following "Brown's UN briefing cancelled after only one reporter turns up" (Sep 28), we are happy to make clear that money from Mr Brown's speeches goes directly to charity or to the funding of his and his wife's charitable and public service work.

Date Published: 19/11/2012



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