More Photo Fakery

By Andrew Pierce

Culture Secretary James Purnell and the doctored photo
Mr Purnell turned up too late for the photo-shoot

Culture Secretary James Purnell, who led the Government’s attack on the BBC’s rigged phone-in competitions, is now at the centre of a faking controversy of his own.

Mr Purnell turned up too late for a photo-shoot to promote a new development at a Tameside hospital, so he told the organisers to doctor the picture with fellow MPs to look like he had been there.

The photograph, with Mr Purnell grinning at the edge of the group, was then published in the local press, which was oblivious to the cheating.

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