Complaint re transcription in today's Peterborough Evening Telegraph p10
As election agent for Mary Cooke, I wish to complain about your paper's change in Mary's description of her "hero" ( in response to your reporter's question) from "Mark Serwotka, General Secretary of the civil servants' Union" to what you actually printed "Mark Serwotka, General Secretary of the Soviet Union". It is difficult to see how this could have been a straightforward transcription error, but in any case the failure to check the piece prior to publication is also a very serious error.
Mary completely rejects the dictatorial Stalinist system and is a firm believer in the democratic control of society by the millions, not by the millionaires. For her to be maligned in this way just one week before polling deserves in our view a very prominent apology from yourself and from all your staff involved. We reserve the right to take this matter further unless this complaint is addressed to our satisfaction.
Promoted by SG Cawley 2 Stagshaw Drive Peterborough PE2 8NQ Election Agent for TUSC/ Mary Cooke.