The Sun accused of exploiting grief of soldier's mother

Backlash against red top's attack on Gordon Brown over misspelt condolence letter.

'No excuse': Gordon Brown
'No excuse': Gordon Brown

The Sun has been criticised as 'disgraceful' for launching a media attack against Gordon Brown over his misspelt letter of condolence.

The Independent has accused The Sun of exploiting grieving mother Jacqui Janes, whose son Jamie died fighting in Afghanistan. Brown sent Janes a handwritten letter of condolence, which contained a number of spelling mistakes.

The Sun's leader on Monday said: 'There is no excuse, even for a busy PM, for a slapdash condolence dashed off in a few spare moments. Nor is there any excuse for failing to bow at the Cenotaph yesterday.'

The Independent's leader on Tuesday said it was 'grossly unfair' of Janes to interpret the letter as an 'insult'.

'The Sun newspaper ... has chosen to fan the flames of this affair in a quite disgraceful manner,' said the Indy.

The Sun's former political editor George Pascoe-Watson, who joined Portland PR this week, told BBC Radio 4's The World at One there was 'a danger public opinion could go against The Sun'.

Meanwhile, The Royal British Legion's head of media and campaigns Robert Lee said the flak Brown had received for not bowing at the Cenotaph was 'unusual'. He added that The Sun had not tried to draw The Legion into its criticism of Brown.

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