The Mail on Sunday has apologised to Labour leader Ed Miliband after it was revealed a reporter had attended a private family memorial service uninvited.
It’s claimed a reporter for the Sunday paper attended the memorial service uninvited, being held for Miliband’s uncle, Professor Harry Keen, on Wednesday. Editor of the Mail on Sunday, Geordie Greig has apologised to Miliband and says two journalists have been suspended.
“I unreservedly apologise for a reporter intruding into a private memorial service for a relative of Ed Miliband. The reporter was sent without my knowledge; it was a decision which was wrong. Two journalists have been suspended and a full investigation is now being carried out.”
The chairman of the Daily Mail group, Lord Rothermere, has also contacted Ed Miliband to apologise for the incident.
The Daily Mail caused outrage earlier this week for an article which labelled his late father Ralph Miliband as the ‘man who hated Britain’. Miliband has asked for an apology but the Daily Mail has refused and is standing by its story. Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg have spoken out in support of their political rival Miliband.
The Press Complaints Commission has so far received over 700 complaints concerning the article. Miliband has stated that there would be no point in complaining to the PCC. The press regulatory body has come in for heavy criticism in recent years for failing to control the press, most notably during the phone-hacking scandal.
The Daily Mail is no stranger to stirring up the public. In 2009, a column by Jan Moir promoted a record 25,000 complaints to the PCC after she wrote a piece on the death of Boyzone star Stephen Gately. The watchdog decided to reject the complaints.