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October 21, 2018
■ Because of a picture agency mistake, an incorrect photo was used in our Jo Brand interview (Magazine, last week). The photo was not of Brand and her husband at a Halloween party, but of other guests at the event. We apologise for the error.
October 14, 2018
■ Our articles on Rose McGowan (News and Magazine, last week) reported her as saying that #MeToo was a lie. We are happy to clarify that, as was set out in our full interview, she was referring to Hollywood’s approach to #MeToo rather than the wider movement. We apologise for any confusion.
■ Our story “Slash ancient rules to let adopted children inherit” (News, last week) omitted to mention that the article quoted from Debrett’s Peerage and Baronetage was co-authored by Dr Gillian Black of Edinburgh University. We apologise for the error.
October 7, 2018
■ The online headline “How to be a sex worker — Brighton University’s advice to freshers” (News, last week) was incorrect.
The advice was offered at an event organised by students, not the university. We apologise for the error. The headline in print and tablet editions was correct.
September 30, 2018
■ The Good University Guide (last week) stated that Soas, University of London was given a bronze rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework. In fact the rating was upgraded to silver last month on appeal. We are happy to make this clear.
■ Our article “Back to the Future”(News, last week) may have been mistaken in referring to the goddess Artemis of Ephesus as “multi-breasted”. Some scholars argue that the multiple “breasts” on her statues may represent decorations, gourds or bull’s scrotums, a symbol of fertility.
■ Our story on the Icelandic volcano Katla (World News, last week) included incorrect quotes from Evgenia Ilyinskaya, of Leeds University. While the study she co-authored found that Katla is producing large volumes of carbon dioxide, it made no claims regarding the current level of magma or the imminence of an eruption; and she did not claim that the volcano was likely to produce a larger ash plume than that of Eyjafjallajokull in 2010. We apologise for the error.
September 16, 2018
■ Our photograph of Ian and Kevin Maxwell (News Review, last week) was wrongly captioned. Ian was on the left, Kevin on the right. We apologise for the error.
■ In our article “Sex, drugs, Europe” (News, last week) we reported that a dossier prepared by Theresa May’s aides of allegations about Boris Johnson’s private life included a reference to Ruzwana Bashir. Ms Bashir has told us that she met Mr Johnson only a small number of times in her role as president of the Oxford Union and that any suggestion of a close or romantic relationship is false. We apologise to Ms Bashir for any contrary suggestion.
September 9, 2018
■ Our report “Brexit, dirty tricks and an international game of I spy” (December 3, 2017) said Christopher Chandler faces scrutiny by the intelligence and security committee (ISC) amid “disquiet” among MPs over the activities of the Legatum Institute, which he co-founded. Dominic Grieve MP, chairman of the ISC, who was quoted in the article, did not state that Mr Chandler and/or the institute are being specifically “scoped” by the ISC as part of its investigation into Russian involvement in British politics; rather that Russian activities against the UK are a subject of disquiet to parliamentarians and nothing had been formally ruled in or out of the inquiry’s scope. We are happy to set the record straight.
■ Our article of March 4 “Abuse survivors’ charity hit by sex scandal” reported that a staff member of Mesmac who offered health advice via a profile on a website for people seeking unprotected sex also said on the profile that users could “ask me” for anal intercourse. Mesmac has contacted us to say that the intention of the outreach worker’s profile was to make clear that other users of the site could “ask me” for advice, and that he was not asking for sexual services. We are happy to make this clear. In addition, Mesmac is an acronym for “Men who have sex with men — action in the community” and not “Men who enjoy sex with men . . .”, as was reported.
September 2, 2018
■ In “Syrian widows forced to give naked pictures to aid worker” (News, June 3), we reported on the exploitation of Syrian widows by an aid worker. We now accept that SKT Welfare, a charity named in the article, was not aware of any of the alleged activities of the individual in question and that he was not engaged by SKT in its distribution of aid in Syria. It was not our intention to make any such suggestion. We apologise to SKT Welfare for any damage caused.
■ Last week we reported that Goodbody, a stockbroker, labelled Metro Bank a “laughing stock” because of its consistent downgrading of profitability targets and questions about related-party dealings (Inside the City, Business). In fact Goodbody used those words only to describe one set of targets in a specific context. It has never described any related-party dealings in such terms.
■ Eleanor Roosevelt was married to Franklin D Roosevelt, not to Theodore, as was mistakenly stated in News Review last week.
August 26, 2018
■ On July 1 we reported that an investment fund part-owned by Jim Mellon invested in the Russian mining company Alrosa shortly after the Brexit referendum (“More meetings, more offers: truth emerges of [Arron] Banks’s Russia links”, News). Mr Mellon was a shareholder of the company that managed the fund but did not part-own the fund or invest in it or Alrosa or know of the investment.
The fund’s investment was a secondary placement and followed its earlier investment in Alrosa in 2013. Any suggestion it was a mechanism for Russian funding of the Brexit campaign or that Mr Mellon participated in such funding was not intended and would be incorrect.
August 5, 2018
■ Our story on medicinal cannabis (News, July 22) stated that Alfie Dingley’s family set up the organisation End Our Pain. They did not, and we apologise for the error. The Dingley family have asked us to make clear that they received no cash from End Our Pain, and we are happy to do so.
■ In an article in last week’s Business section, “Babcock loses out on £1bn army vehicle repair contract”, we incorrectly said the company had missed out on a “protected mobility strategic support supplier” contract with the Ministry of Defence. Babcock in fact lost out on a smaller “strategic support supplier” contract for military vehicles. The article also incorrectly stated that Babcock had warned about profits, when it actually downgraded revenue expectations.
July 29, 2018
■ Our article “Parents can love, but not protect: ask Alfie’s mum” (April 29, 2018) reported that University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust had objected to Ashya King receiving proton beam therapy, as it believed this treatment to be “worthless”. In fact, the hospital had only objected to Ashya being removed from its care without certain care and transport arrangements being in place. The article also inaccurately reported that the hospital had “refused” the parents’ request to have their child treated abroad. This has been published following an upheld ruling by the Independent Press Standards Organisation.
July 7, 2018
■ The Prufrock column (Business, last week) stated that Mark Holyoake is bidding for the Herdade da Comporta estate in Portugal. Mr Holyoake has asked us to make clear that he is part of a consortium making the bid, and we are happy to do so.
May 13, 2018
■ After the publication of our report “Abuse survivors charity hit by sex scandal” (News, March 4) Staffordshire police wrote to Phil Mitchell of Yorkshire Mesmac saying that he had received “advice” from them and not a formal or official police warning. Mr Mitchell was asked, not ordered, by Mesmac to apologise to Jessica Eaton.
May 6, 2018
■ Our report “Footballers’ tax adviser arrested” (last week) stated that Alex Chamberlain was a director of Kingsbridge Asset Management. In fact he was an employee of the firm, but never a director.
April 1, 2018
■ Last week (“Joan Jonas at Tate Modern and Yuko Shiraishi at Annely Juda Fine Art”, Culture) we described Sir Leonard Blavatnik as a Russian oligarch and Vladimir Putin associate. He says he is neither. We are happy to make it clear that he is a US and UK citizen and has had no personal contact with Putin since 2000.
■ A sentence in our report “Schools rush in on merest hint to label pupils as transgender” (News, January 21) could have been misinterpreted as suggesting that children younger than 11 presenting to the Tavistock and Portman GIDS opted for medical interventions. We are happy to clarify that this is not the case, as medical interventions are not offered until after the onset of puberty.
■ Our article “Revealed: How Momentum staged Haringey town hall putsch” (News, January 21) reported incorrectly that in December 2017 a meeting of the Seven Sisters Labour Party discussed street prostitution and an anti-semitic comment was made. In fact this occurred in October 2016. We apologise for the error.