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Weekly’s correction over comments made in Commons

A weekly newspaper printed a correction following an MP’s complaint to the Press Complaints Commission regarding an opinion piece that used comments he made in the House of Commons.

Philip Davies MP complained that an article in the weekly Johnston Press title the Bedford Times and Citizen, which commented on remarks he had made about the minimum wage, was inaccurate and misleading.

The complaint was resolved when the press watchdog negotiated the publication of a correction in the newspaper.

In a column on 23 June the paper had suggested that Mr Davies had proposed that people with disabilities should be paid less than the national minimum wage.

In its correction the newspaper published: “We fully accept that his argument was not that those with disabilities should be obliged to receive less than the statutory minimum, but rather that the Government should not stand in the way of any individual who wishes to get on the job market and work for less than the minimum wage if they themselves choose to do so.

“We are happy to set the record straight.”