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Ofcom gives Kelvin MacKenzie the all clear over Nicola Sturgeon 'Jockestan' comments


By John McCarthy | Opinion editor

October 12, 2015 | 2 min read

Kelvin MacKenzie has been let off the hook by Ofcom for describing Nicola Sturgeon as the “lady who runs Jockestan” on BBC2’s The Daily Politics show.

Declining to investigate the comments made 21 September, which garnered a total of 80 complaints from the public, the media regulator said the inflammatory comments were “justified by the context” in which they were said.

An Ofcom spokesperson said: “We received a number of complaints about comments made by Kelvin MacKenzie on this programme, but decided they didn’t raise issues under our rules warranting further investigation.

“The off-the-cuff remark was made during a political analysis programme and the offence caused by this comment was on balance justified by the context.”

MacKenzie, a divisive figure and former editor of The Sun, made his return to the publication as a columnist in January.

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