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Scottish Daily Mail forced to apologise over flights story

THE Scottish Daily Mail apologised to Labour MSP Claudia Beamish yesterday after falsely claiming she had taken a plane from the party’s conference in Brighton to attend a climate debate in Holyrood.

The paper printed that Ms Beamish had complained at a Labour conference fringe on the expansion of Heathrow Airport that sleeper train tickets to Edinburgh were too expensive.

She “explained she would be flying back” instead “despite her concerns for the environment,” according to the Scottish Daily Mail.

However, in reality Ms Beamish took a daytime train.

Ms Beamish was quoted to have said that even with a senior railcard, the single lie down ticket, which she needed to prepare for the debate, would have cost her a “disgusting” £180.

In the apology, the paper wrote: “The error occurred because of a misunderstanding over a speech Ms Beamish made ... in which she criticised the cost of rail travel.

“We are happy to clarify and apologise for the error.”

Daily Mail also donated £500 to Stop Climate Chaos Scotland at Ms Beamish’s request.

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