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Complainant Name:
Mr Gordon Brown MP

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Sunday Times

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 he had claimed £114,998 of an allowance available to former Prime Ministers to assist with the performance of public duties. The complainant explained that the Public Duty Costs Allowance was a reimbursement for office and staff costs. He contended that the article, which had referred to the funds as ‘wonga', led readers to believe that he took the money personally.

Resolution:

The matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification:

Further to our article of 22 July ‘Hey, Gordy, spare us your change', we are happy to clarify that the ex-PM public duty allowance is not received by Mr Brown personally, but goes directly towards office and staff costs.'

Date Published: 19/11/2012



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