Burnham and his comms chief use Twitter to rebut Sun 'cash for access' report

Labour leadership hopeful Andy Burnham and the joint head of his comms team have used Twitter to say they will complain to the press regulator over an undercover 'cash for access' story in The Sun today.

A Sun investigation - which occupies the front cover and four inside pages of today's paper - alleges that Burnham ally Faiz ul Rasool arranged a meeting with the politician, who is one of four contenders in the race to be Labour leader, after being given a £5,000 donation to Burnham's campaign.

The paper says this may be in breach of Labour's own rules, but says there is no suggestion of Burnham having broken the law.

Burnham's comms team for the Labour leadership race is being led by Burson-Marsteller managing director Katie Myler, with John Lehal, MD of Insight Consulting Group, heading the campaign team.

Myler tweeted last night that the team would be making a complaint to the Independent Press Standards Organisation.

Burnham himself has said the same, and his tweet on the matter also expressed concern at the involvment of the baby in the undercover report.

The story says that Burnham had asked to hold the reporter's baby when they met, although Myler has questioned on Twitter whether the infant was indeed the reporter's child.

Further tweets from Myler suggested the Sun was "grasping at straws", and explained that the man who The Sun's reported had met with had no official role in Burnham's campaign. She also said the money given to Rasool was not accepted by Burnham's team.

PRWeek also called Lehal, who declined to comment.

Lehal has also not commented on Twitter about the affair; his last tweet came yesterday as the leadership campaign ended.

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