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IPSO upholds Labour activist’s accuracy complaint against JC

Following publication of four articles headlined “Ex-Militant Tendency activist accused of bullying Louise Ellman lied about date of birth to rejoin Labour”, published online on 25 February 2019; “Plot to oust MP Ellman spearheaded by a former member of the Trotskyist Militant Tendency”, published online on 25 February 2019; “’Bullied’ Louise Ellman nears exit”, published in print on 1 March 2019; “Labour MP Dame Louise Ellman ‘considering her future’ in party amid rumours of more resignations”, published online on 1 March 2019, Audrey White complained to the Independent Press Standards Organisation that the Jewish Chronicle breached Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors’ Code of Practice. The complaint was upheld, and IPSO required the Jewish Chronicle to publish this adjudication.

The articles reported that the complainant had been “expelled” from the Labour Party in the 1980s, by the then leadership. It said that she had then “lied” about her date of birth on her application to re-join the Party in 2015, “on the day Jeremy Corbyn became leader.” The articles also claimed that during the complainant’s local Constituency Labour Party (CLP) meeting, the complainant had been “amongst a group of militants who repeatedly interrupted” their MP while she delivered a speech. The articles also said that the complainant had “received a number of formal warnings from the Party over allegations of bullying against Party members “, and said that she had “falsely claimed that a Labour councillor was under investigation by the police for having ‘cruelly taunted’ a ‘disabled pensioner suffering from cancer’”. One article reported that the complainant had been a member of the Socialist Party.

The complainant denied all the allegations made against her, as set out above. She provided a copy of an email from the Governance and Legal Unit of the Labour Party, which stated that the Party had been “unable to trace a surviving record of a previous membership” or that the complainant was in the past “expelled from membership”. This correspondence also confirmed that “no change” had been made to her membership record”, which continued to record the complainant’s correct date of birth.  The complainant said that she had received one formal warning from the Labour Party, but this did not refer to allegations of bullying. 

The newspaper said that it had relied upon confidential sources to report that the complainant had been “expelled” from the Labour Party in the 1980s, and had subsequently “lied” on her application to re-join, by use of a “false” date of birth.

The Committee wished to explain that publications are entitled to make use of anonymous sources and to protect their identity in line with their obligations under Clause 14 (Confidential sources). However, in this instance, the newspaper had not taken any additional steps to investigate or corroborate the source’s claim that the complainant had been “expelled” from the Labour Party in the 1980s, nor had it produced any evidence to support this easily verifiable claim. Similarly, it had produced no evidence that the complainant had, in fact, entered an incorrect date of birth in her application to re-join the Party in 2015, and had done so intentionally. The newspaper had not been able to demonstrate that it had taken care over the accuracy of the article on these two points; the result was a breach of Clause 1 (i).

The combination of these two claims, and their adoption by the publication as fact, gave rise to the clear impression that the complainant, in her recent dealings with the Labour Party, had acted with an intention to deceive. This impression was furthered in the first article, which claimed that the complainant had used a “false” date of birth to re-join the Party “on the day Jeremy Corbyn became leader”, which suggested that the complainant’s actions had been politically motivated. Upon receipt of the correspondence from the Governance and Legal Unit of the Labour Party, the newspaper had not offered to correct these significantly misleading claims, in breach of Clause 1 (ii).

The Committee listened to the partial recording of the CLP meeting provided during IPSO’s investigation. It was apparent to the Committee that the MP had spoken in a consistent and conversational tone; the crowd had not been “rowdy”, as alleged. In any event, the statement from the former Mayor of Liverpool, which the newspaper had referenced in support of the claim that the complainant had “repeatedly interrupted” the MP while she had delivered her speech, clearly did not demonstrate that the complainant, or a group which she was a part of, had conducted themselves in this way. The statement provided by the newspaper supported the complainant’s position that she had responded to an open invitation to ask questions. The publication of this claim represented a further failure to take care over the accuracy of the article, in breach of Clause 1 (i) and gave a significantly misleading impression of the complainant’s conduct towards the Labour MP during the meeting, which the newspaper had not offered to correct, in breach of Clause 1 (ii).

The newspaper had provided a letter from the Labour Party, in which the complainant had been issued with a formal warning regarding her conduct. It stated that the complainant’s comments and actions had “caused offence” and “upset and distress” to the individuals concerned. Given the nature of this alleged conduct, it was not a failure to take care not to publish inaccurate information, to report that an allegation of “bullying”, made against the complainant, had resulted in her receiving a formal warning from the Labour Party. Yet, the newspaper had not been able to produce any further evidence to demonstrate that the complainant had received a “number” of warnings following allegations of bullying, as claimed. The single letter produced by the newspaper did not support this claim, and accordingly there was a breach of Clause 1 (i).  To report that the complainant had received multiple warnings from the Party was significant, as it gave credibility to a central thrust of the articles, which was that the complainant’s conduct in relation to her dealings with individuals within the Labour Party had consistently fallen below the standards expected. No correction had been offered to address this significantly misleading claim, in breach of Clause 1 (ii).
It was plainly not “false” to claim this; during IPSO’s investigation the complainant had provided correspondence between the alleged victim and the Hate Crime Support Service, which referred to the actions taken by the police in respect of the “hate incident” allegation. The publication had published a claim the accuracy of which it could not defend; the result was a breach of Clause 1 (i). The articles’ claim that the complainant had made “false” allegations concerning the actions of the police, was significant given its seriousness, and furthered the misleading impression of the complainant’s conduct towards Labour politicians. Upon receipt of the correspondence provided by the complainant, the newspaper had not offered to correct this significantly inaccurate claim, in breach of Clause 1 (ii).

The newspaper had produced no evidence to demonstrate that the complainant had been a member of the Socialist Party. The Committee did not accept that a person showing support for the values of a political Party, was the same as showing support by way of membership. This factual assertion, which the newspaper had failed to defend, represented a breach of Clause 1(i), and the failure to correct the error represented a breach of Clause 1(ii).

The Committee expressed significant concerns about the newspaper’s handling of this complaint. The newspaper had failed, on a number of occasions, to answer questions put to it by IPSO and it was regrettable the newspaper’s responses had been delayed. The Committee considered that the publication’s conduct during IPSO’s investigation was unacceptable.

The Committee’s concerns have been drawn to the attention of IPSO’s Standards department.

 

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No surprise at all. Another rag full of lies, smear and co-ordinated harassment. Lets hope the media properly report this. 

 

 

Oh no, will they fuck. 

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So Labour produce a video about discrimination and forget one group who maybe, just maybe might be feeling a bit unloved.  It’s not AS, but how many people must have signed off on it before it was released. Just a fucking stupid mistake that makes you wonder who is in charge and if they are truly hopeless. 

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1 hour ago, Bjornebye said:

No surprise at all. Another rag full of lies, smear and co-ordinated harassment. Lets hope the media properly report this. 

 

 

Oh no, will they fuck. 

Chilling. The whole thing sounds very sinister.

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Sorry to all the Rachel Riley haters (think it was this thread). So after discovering what she looked like the other day on here, I've just put room 101 on dave ja vu and she's on there. She really would fucking get it. I might even let her choose which hole. 

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2 minutes ago, Barry Wom said:

Sorry to all the Rachel Riley haters (think it was this thread). So after discovering what she looked like the other day on here, I've just put room 101 on dave ja vu and she's on there. She really would fucking get it. I might even let her choose which hole. 

Lol yeah I think I’ve said it before that I’d definitely let her sit on my face. I think the issue was more that @SasaS didn’t believe you when you said you had never seen her on tele if I recall correctly though.

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17 minutes ago, viRdjil said:

Lol yeah I think I’ve said it before that I’d definitely let her sit on my face. I think the issue was more that @SasaS didn’t believe you when you said you had never seen her on tele if I recall correctly though.

Yeah, I think so too. But I assume because she's hated so much on here you can't want to slip her a couple. 

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1 hour ago, Rico1304 said:

So Labour produce a video about discrimination and forget one group who maybe, just maybe might be feeling a bit unloved.  It’s not AS, but how many people must have signed off on it before it was released. Just a fucking stupid mistake that makes you wonder who is in charge and if they are truly hopeless. 

Far be it from me to question your normally reliable twitter sources, but this sounds like a bit of nonsense. How could you make a video about discrimination and not include racism?

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2 hours ago, Rico1304 said:

So Labour produce a video about discrimination and forget one group who maybe, just maybe might be feeling a bit unloved.  It’s not AS, but how many people must have signed off on it before it was released. Just a fucking stupid mistake that makes you wonder who is in charge and if they are truly hopeless. 

 

Maybe the same bloke who did the campaign launch video with the slogan "For the many, not the few", and no prizes for guessing who they chose as their example for "the few".

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21 minutes ago, Jose Jones said:

Far be it from me to question your normally reliable twitter sources, but this sounds like a bit of nonsense. How could you make a video about discrimination and not include racism?

Do you follow Corbyn on Twitter? He posted it Saturday night. 

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21 minutes ago, Rico1304 said:

Do you follow Corbyn on Twitter? He posted it Saturday night. 

Impeccable twitter sources as I suspected!

But, no, I don't follow anyone on twitter, never mind the Corbs.  Have you watched it?

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1 hour ago, Strontium Dog™ said:

 

Maybe the same bloke who did the campaign launch video with the slogan "For the many, not the few", and no prizes for guessing who they chose as their example for "the few".

Who did they choose?

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2 minutes ago, Jose Jones said:

Notorious tax dodging, BHS collapsing, maybe an Everton fan Philip Green?

What's wrong with that?

He’s Jewish.

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17 minutes ago, Jose Jones said:

Notorious tax dodging, BHS collapsing, maybe an Everton fan Philip Green?

What's wrong with that?

 

I reckon if my party was under investigation for institutional racism, I probably wouldn't use a member of the minority we're accused of discriminating against as the example target of our viciously populist message. But maybe that's just me. 

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Just now, Strontium Dog™ said:

 

I reckon if my party was under investigation for institutional racism, I probably wouldn't use a member of the minority we're accused of discriminating against as the example target of our viciously populist message. But maybe that's just me. 

Yeah, I think your view is more anti-Semitic than Labour's ad really.  But I'd imagine a few people share that viewpoint.   

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4 minutes ago, Jose Jones said:

Yeah, I think your view is more anti-Semitic than Labour's ad really.  But I'd imagine a few people share that viewpoint.   

I kind of get where SD’s coming from. If it was up to me I’d also strongly advise all Labour members against making any negative comments on Jewish people until after the election at least. Lose this battle to win the war.

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