The independent press standards organisation (Ipso) has cleared a Daily Telegraph article in which it urged its readers to join Labour and vote for Jeremy Corbyn to be its next leader in order to damage the party.
The regulator said 26 people complained that the article, which was headlined “How you can help Jeremy Corbyn win – and destroy the Labour party”, breached its code of ethics.
They had claimed – variously – that the article constituted harassment, that was inaccurate and that the Telegraph had not given a proper right of reply to people it mentioned.
They also claimed it amounted to subterfuge, that it was discriminatory and that it breached clause 13, which regulates how journalists should approach stories related to their own financial interests.
After considering each claim individually, Ipso contacted each of the complainants to say they did not have sufficient grounds to take the matter any further.
That the country even has an organisation that thinks itself competent to even discuss such things is an outrage.