to Ms Ellisa Clarke
Taylor & Emmet have written to the Messenger on behalf
of Ms Ellisa Clarke, former Burngreave New Deal for Communities
Partnership Board member, to say that the article we published in
our March 2003 edition entitled ‘Whose
voice?’ gives the impression that she and her colleague
Mr Johnson approached the Government Office with the prime intention
of obtaining salaried positions and cars for themselves.
editorial team would like to make clear that it was not our intention
to give this impression. We apologise for any distress we may have
caused Ms Clarke and Mr Johnson through this interpretation of our
Our report of
‘Voice of the People’s’ application for New Deal
funding was necessarily brief. Messrs Taylor and Emmet inform us
that the proposal was nine pages long, detailed and carefully researched.
As a result of the brevity of our report, they say, we have been
very selective in what we published. We apologise for not approaching
‘The Voice of the People’ for comment during the preparation
of this article and are sorry that we have not had the opportunity
to report more fully on their proposal.