Clauses Noted: 1
Publication: The Times
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 on income received by MPs in addition to their parliamentary salary. The complainant said that the article and its accompanying graphic had misled readers into believing that he was personally remunerated for his ‘speeches, academic post and policy work'. 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.'
The matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification:
Gordon BrownAn article about MPs' earnings from outside interests (How some MPs are making the most of life outside the House, August 22) reported that, according to the register of members' interests, Gordon Brown had an "annual income" in the year to July 2012 of more than £900,000 from work as an academic, author and speechmaker. The accompanying graphic stated that more than £33,000 of this money was paid to charity and that the rest was not for personal gain but "goes towards the running costs of his office and staff". We are happy to make it clear that Mr Brown's only personal income is his salary as an MP; he has declined the pension that he is entitled to as a former Prime Minister. 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, as its website states, £508,729 in charitable donations in a continuing programme of disbursements. Mr Brown has asked us to make clear that not one penny goes to him. We are happy to do so.
Date Published: 25/10/2012
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