LONDON: A British newspaper apologised to opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband and suspended two journalists yesterday after it sent a reporter to a private family memorial service in a “terrible lapse of judgment”.
The Mail on Sunday’s apology comes days after its sister newspaper the Daily Mail sparked uproar with an article in which it branded Miliband’s dead father Ralph, a Marxist theorist, “The Man Who Hated Britain”.
The Mail on Sunday apologised “unreservedly” to Miliband after it emerged yesterday that one of its reporters had entered a private memorial for his uncle Harry Keen in a bid to get them to comment on the Ralph Miliband controversy.
“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 Mail on Sunday’s editor Geordie Greig said.
“I would further like to apologise to members of the family and friends attending the service for this deplorable intrusion. I have already spoken personally to Ed Miliband and expressed my regret that such a terrible lapse of judgment should have taken place.” AFP