Statement on false claim in Sunday Mirror online article
A story published online in today’s Sunday Mirror falsely claimed that “Telford Council boss won't give evidence at child abuse inquiry after quitting £145k job”
This claimed that the council’s managing director Richard Partington, who it was announced on Monday is leaving the Council, “will not have to give evidence” to the Independent Inquiry Telford Child Sexual Exploitation, which the Council has commissioned.
This is untrue and the Mirror chose to publish this without any council comment on this claim.
The facts are that notwithstanding Mr Partington's departure from the Council, he will continue to participate in the inquiry.
The Council has contacted the Sunday Mirror to make them aware of this and, as a result, they have changed their online story and now included the Council's comment.
Update 23 Sept: On 22 Sept the Mirror's website published the following apology and clarification https://www.mirror.co.uk/for-the-record/richard-partington-apology-and-clarification-20141783