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7.9.07

CORRECTION AND APOLOGIES

1 – The late John “Jack” McCann, Labour MP from Rochdale, is not the father of Gerry McCann. Our apologies to both families for publishing this story all based in a wrong fact;

2 – After we (me and Mr. Duarte Levy) got the initial information, we checked with two persons who, because of their jobs, have the responsibility to clarify these kind of questions, coming from journalists and got a positive answer;

3 – After several emails and comments, all with the same message – we were wrong – we had a second talk with those persons and we heard the following explanations:
- One of the persons couldn't hear the phrase "from the Labour Party", in our question ("Late MP Jack McCann, from Labour Party, was the father of Gerry McCann?"), because of conditions of the place that person was, at the time we called;
- The second person misunderstood the phrase "from the Labour Party" and though we were saying "from Ireland", for similar reasons;

4 – After some time of reflexion, we decided to accept the explanations as plausible;

5 – Mr. Clarence Mitchell was not one of the persons we contacted, as some comments posted at our pages suggested. He was somebody who, as a family friend - one of above mentioned persons told us - could gave more details about who was Gerry McCann's father.


Paulo Reis and Duarte Levy


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Late father of Gerald (“Gerry”) was a Labour Party high ranking politician

Jack McCann, father of Gerald (“Gerry”) McCann was an influential politician from the Labour Party, elected as a Member of Parliament in a 1958 by-election, in Rochdale, near Manchester. This campaign is in Media history books, as the first by-election to be covered by television. BBC has decided not to cover it, but Granada TV, an ITN franchise, decided to report the campaign. After the Labour Party smashing victory, Harold Macmillan, British Prime Minister from 1957 to 1963, decided to give his first TV interview as Prime-Minister, talking to a BBC program called “Press Conference” and on a ITV “Tell The People.”

Jack McCann (1910-1972) studied at elementary school and then at classes of the National Council of Labour Colleges and Workers' Educational Association. An engineer, he served as councillor on Eccles Borough Council in 1945 and was leader of the Labour Group. Elected in 1958 to the Parliament, in 1964 he was appointed to the Government's Whips' Office as Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, than in 1966 as Vice-Chamberlain of the Household, returning to be a Lord of the Treasury 1967–69.

The fact that Gerald (“Gerry”) McCann is the son of a late Labour Party high ranking politician may help to explain how the couple was able to build the Media machine that took Madeleine McCann case to all over the world, from the Vatican to near the White House. And also why there has been a connection so strong between the nº 10 of Downing Street and the father of the missing child. As we first referred, on August 26, it was the British Prime-Minster, Gordon Brown, who suggested to Gerald McCann, on the eve of the MediaGuardian Edinburgh Television Festival, that it was time to scale down the campaign to find Madeleine.

But in the last days there have been some signals that show the support for McCann family is starting to loose speed and strength. Gerald McCann gave an interview, on August 28, to the Independent Catholic News, where he felt the need to explain that the couple meeting with the Pope has nothing to see with his high profile campaign. Gerald McCann said that Cardinal Cormac, who was the middle-man who moved things in order to get that meeting, had told them that Pope Benedict would meet “other Catholic parents” in similar circumstances. "The cardinal made clear that it wasn't necessary to have a high profile media campaign to be given this opportunity," Gerald McCann told the newspaper.

Now, that Kate McCann could be charged in connection with her daughter disappearance, according to family sources and her lawyer, quoted by Sky News, some other strong supporters may be thinking twice. Like, for example, some of the hundreds of policemen who gave Gerald McCann, a standing ovation during the ceremony to present the Police Bravery Awards.

Duarte Levy and Paulo Reis

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29 comments:

George V said...

Thank you very much.Many of us in the UK have wondered just how this group have had such influence.As from today there will be some heavy distancing from the McCanns.

pmtd said...

Paulo,

You are abslutely wrong with this story. Gerry McCanns father was from Ireland and emigrated to Glasgow. I have asked some people who have researched this to check out what you've written. You've got the wrong man!!!!

pmtd

Paulo Reis said...

Dear pmtd,

As you imagine, before writing it, I checked carefully the information. I asked, to people that has specific responsibilities in this kind of subjects, for an absolute confirmation of this information.

And I asked to more than one person. And all of those persons confirmed to me and to my colleague Duarte Levy that the late Jack McCann, a labour politician that was appointed to the Government's Whips' Office as Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, in a964, and than in 1966 was appointed as Vice-Chamberlain of the Household, returning to be a Lord of the Treasury 1967–69, was indeed Gerald ("Gerry") McCann late father.

So, tell to people you referr as having researched this to check out what I've written to check better. To call the McCann family, for example, or Clarence Mitchell, a close friend of Gerry McCann and head of Media Monitoring Unit, at Nº 10, Downing Street.

regards,

Paulo Reis

pmtd said...

Paulo,

A number of people have confirmed with me that this report is wrong. You should remove it from here and from SOS Madeleine and check your facts because you are implying things about Gerry McCann that are not true.

pmtd

Paulo Reis said...

Dear pmtd,

Call Clarence Mitchell, at 020 7928 2345 (or emailhim to: clarence.mitchell@coi.gsi.gov.uk) and ask him if the late Jack McCann was the father of Gerry McCann. After that, come here again and share with us the answer.

Paulo Reis

Snibbosh said...

I've e-mailed Clarance Mitchell, hopefully he;ll reply quickly.

If this is true (which I still doubt) do you have a theory why all the Irish media reports say Gerry's father Johnny (who died in the last year not 1972) was a joiner from Donegal who loved to Glasgow in 1960.

snibbosh said...

I think this report is inaccurate. Everything I've read from various sources suggest that Gerry's Dad was a joiner from Donegal in Ireland. He married Eileen Ferry in Ireland and moved to Glasgow, Scotland with his young family in ~1960.

He was known as Johnny not Jack. He died only recently (like the last year).

Please confirm!

Paulo Reis said...

Dear comentators,

What I can tell, for now, is that me and mr. Levy we have confirmed, with people that has as job the responsibility of dealing with journalist's questions, in different areas, that the father of Mr Gerry McCann was Jack McCann, a high ranking politician from the Labour PArty.

regards,

Paulo Reis

P. Ebeling said...

You are incorrect. His father was a laborer--a joiner--and the family was raised at Dumbarton.

May I say that you were the person to whom I turned for objective reporting in the early stages of this investigation, and I believe I can honestly say I have read every word you have written on the subject. I appreciate the work you did, but because of it, the bias so obvious in your more recent posts is even more disappointing.

Paulo Reis said...

Dear Mr. ebeling,

Me and mr. Levy we have confirmed, with people that has as job the responsibility of dealing with journalist's questions, in two different areas, that the father of Mr Gerry McCann was Jack McCann, a high ranking politician from the Labour PArty.

Those two persons are very well informed, they both have a close professional (and personal..) relationship with Gerry and Kate McCann. And they both confirmed us that Jack McCann, the late Labour politician, was Gerry father. And they both asked us not to mention their names as the source for the confirmation of this information.

A reader of my blog send me an email, few minutes ago, and told me that Jack McCann was married twice. I dind't confirmed this information, but I will ask to the same two sources about it. May be be this subject can be more clear, for you, after they answer me.

regards,

Paulo Reis

Anonymous said...

Paulo

I am sorry but you are very wrong Mr McCann Senior was a joiner and his wife worked in a biscuit factory in.

Jack McCann MP lived in Rochdale in England and his wife Alice was still alive aged 83 in 1997.

Gerry McCann's mother has been out to visit him in PDL and believe me if she is 93 then I am a double headed bullfrog

P. Ebeling said...

Mr. McCann's mom is 67.

Anonymous said...

I'm not trying to be insulting, but perhaps you should consider that the best way to neutralize someone in your line of work is to destroy his credibility. Now that Anorak has posted this piece, which they know to be erroneous, I fear everything else you've written will be called into question.

Snibbosh said...

Paulo, anonymous at 6:46pm could be right.

Do you entirely trust your sources? Could Clarence Mitchell and the other source (whoever it is) be feeding you a lie to discredit you and everything else you've written?

Paulo Reis said...

Dear Anonymous,

For me, it's hard to believe that two persons, both with positions of high responsibility, in charge of dealing with questions asked by journalists, could both give to me and to Mr. Levy a premeditated wrong answer !!!

Of course, I havee seen a lot of strange things in my life. But I still believe that those two persons are well aware of their responsibility!

And they only asked us the favour not to refer their names - it was not an off-the-record confirmation, it will be something very ridicule, in this kind of simple information!

The job of those two persons is exactly to answer questions for the journalists and allow journalists to quote their names, as they are official and formal sources of information, for the Media !!

So, me and Mr. Levy we stand for our story. Let's see who's right and who's wrong.

Thank you for your kind words, your advice and your preocupation in warning me about what could be attempts to undermine my credibility and the credibility of Mr. Levy.

Best regards,

Paulo Reis

Anonymous said...

Paulo
Try googling Jack McCann Labour MP Rochdale and see what comes up, you may get a surprise

Someone has been feeding you wrong info.

Anonymous said...

Paulo

Re my previous post at 6:55pm can I also suggest that you remove anything referring to the late and respected Labour MP for Rochdale until you have rechecked your facts, just on the offchance that any of his family get to hear about this and cause them undue distress plus leaving yourself open to litigation

Anonymous said...

I'm afraid you are wrong on this Paulo.
Just as an aside, Clarence Mitchell was last involved in this case in June. As you should have known if you ever met him in Praia da Luz, or were briefed by him and discussed the case, you'll find he has a tendency to talk without knowing the facts, often passing on what he has heard from other journalists as the official line.
All your coverage regarding the campaign being a British Govt / Gordon Brown led thing is wrong.
One of Gerry's relatives in Scotland (that's where they're from, not Rochdale) lives on the same road as Gordon Brown's brother. That was the connection.
They spoke a couple of times on the phone, and that was it.
Brown did not order the campaign be scaled down. Gerry wound the media campaign down himself after Day 50, June 22, and it was only the papers that attempted to keep coverage of it high. (the campaign and story coverage being a different thing).

pamelamurphy57@hotmail.com said...

I can do better than Clarence Mitchell, Paulo. My father came from the same area as GMcC's family and knew them. Ireland is a small place -everyone knows everyone, maybe like Portugal. I GUARANTEE you, I have better knowledge than Clarence Mitchell. Shame on you for letting Anorak pick up this erroneous information.
pmtd

Paulo Reis said...

Let me make a point very clear:

Mr. Clarence Mitchell was not our source, for the confirmation of the information about Gerry's McCann father being late Jack McCann, Labour MP.

But he is a close friend of Gerry (as British newspaper referred) and worked as his Press adviser for some time, in Praia da Luz, before returning to his post as head of Media Monitoring Unit, at the Press Offcie, nº 10 Downing Street.

One of the persons with whom we checked this information told us to get in touch with him, because he could gave us more details about Jack McCann and he knew the reasons why Gerry McCann can't hear his father's name.

Paulo Reis

SCots Gran said...

Paulo

You want to get facts straight here are some;
Clarence Mitchell may class himself as a friend of Gerry McCann now, but he was initially sent to PDL by the UK Govt under Tony Blair to advise the McCanns, bear in mind Pablo that Clarence Mitchell is an ex BBC Reporter, he is an expert in manipulating the media. Under the UK Freedom of Information Act people have been in touch with Downing Street to ask how much it has cost the UK Taxpayer to send him on that initial visit...the reply stated a sum of just over £6000.
Now I sent a comment yesterday warning you about what may happen when the respected & late Jack McCann's family get to hear of this
and you have ignored it and not printed it I am now sending a link to your blog to the Rochdale Labour Party.

Anonymous said...

Ooo scary. Sending a link to Rochdale Labour Party. What do you think they'll do, send a signed photo of Cyril Smith as a kind of voodoo reprisal ? Or just order more pies for next Fridays social ?

I'd be surprised if there was a familial connection, but then I've been surprised at plenty in this case.

Anonymous said...

Mmmm , a Clarence Mitchel says the McCanns now want to leave, the plot thickens

Anonymous said...

Paulo,

Sorry but this is not Mr G McCann's father. In the Uk we have public records whereby we register all births marriages and deaths. For a couple of pounds you can have a copy of anyones birth certificate from Somerset House, London. Are you being fed false information for a reason? If not will you at least check this out again please? Rochdale is a town in Lancashire and it is clear this family have their roots firmly in Scotland. (Although I do know his parents originated in Ireland went to Scotland in the early 1960s). I had heard today that Mr Levy had taken his article off SOS is this true? It is an important point as it suggests that there is a strong political link between Mr G McCann's father (allegedly an MP for Rochdale) and Gordon Brown!

Again I will say that as a British citizen I would fully expect the UK Government to become involved in the disappearance of a British citizen (Madeleine) this is nothing untoward in my opinion. As the parents are returning to the UK tomorrow we will all be putting more pressure on the Government to assist in this case. Thanking you in anticipation.

Take care. Regards Marion (UK)

Mike Mccann said...

I will state quite simply that the late John (Jack) McCann,former MP for Rochdale, does not have a son Gerry.

He is survived by a son and a daughter.

I should know.I am his son Michael.

Although we have the same family name as the people involved in this sad affair we have absolutely no connection to them.

I thank the people who have posted in defence of my late father and whilst an apology and retraction has been printed I would remind everyone of .

1.Their responsibility to truth and accuracy when publishing "Facts".

2.The great distress that can be caused when innacurate infomation and allegations such as these are published.

Michael J McCann

Paulo Reis said...

Sir,

We (me and my colleague, Mr. Levy) made a mistake and, apart from appologising, we are willing to face all consequences of this mistake.

After we published the story, we talked with Mr. Gerry McCann, we appologised also, and we explained him that we checked this information with people from his staff who had, as a specific job, at the time, answering those questions from journalists.

That people confirmed us the information. On a second contact, after we realized we were induced into a mistake, we asked the same people for an explanation.

They appologised to us, saying they misunderstood our question, couldn't heard it well - they were at a very crowded and noisy place - so they said "yes, it is", thinking we had asked if "the late Mr. Jack McCann, from Ireland, was Mr. Gerry Mccann father."

What we asked was if "Mr. Jack McCan, the late Labour Party MP, was Mr. Gerry McCann father".

We appologise to you and to your family, for this unpleasant situation. I hope you understand that we only published the story after checking with staff from Mr. Gerry McCann advisers group, and we had no reason to doubt the confirmation they gave to us.

Paulo Reis and Duarte Levy

Paulo Reis said...

Sir,


I would like to ask you if you want us to delete the story, now, keeping just the "Correction and appologies", and the comments posted, or if you want to have it online.

Paulo Reis and Duarte Levy

Mike Mccann said...

Thank you for your response.

Having considered the situation ,there are,as I see it,3 options.

1.Leave the thread with the comments,retraction and apology but delete the original story.
This I feel would lead to further speculation as people would wonder what circumstance brought the apology and retraction and, not being in possession of the full facts, their imaginations would probably run wild and the wrong conclusions would be drawn.

2.Delete the thread in it's entirety.

3.Leave the thread exactly as it stands for a period of 60 days ,accepting no new posts during this period,and then delete it.

Option 3 is my preferred choice for this reason.

Your original story has been picked up by people,duplicated on other locations on the Internet and in at least one case I'm aware of you have been credited with the story.What has not been duplicated on other sites is your subsequent retraction and apology.
By leaving the thread in place for the above mentioned time I will at least have the opportunity to point people to your site so they may see the truth of the matter.

You state that yourself and your colleague are prepared to accept the consequences of your actions.

I am not a vindictive person.
A mistake was made in publishing an erroneous story.
A retraction had been published.
Apologies have been offered and are accepted.

Dragging this matter back into the spotlight would serve no purpose whatsoever.

I would suggest that option 3 is adopted and then from my point of view the matter can be considered to be closed.

Michael J McCann

Paulo Reis said...

Dear Mr. Michael J. McCann,

I will do as you sugested. I sent copies of the "Correction and apologies" for as many places as I could, in order to have it referred, also. I agree with you, I also think the option 3 is the best one. Anyway, whatever my position, your sugestion would be always the one I would follow. Again, our apologies (from me, Paulo Reis, and my colleague Duarte Levy) and thank you for accepting it.
Paulo Reis