Legs-it: 'The Daily Mail's headline was offensive, but they have the right to use it', says former editor

Legs-it: 'The Daily Mail's headline was offensive, but they have the right to use it', says former editor

The Daily Mail published an article about May's and Sturgeon's legs

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Daily Mail's headline may have been offensive - but they haven't actually done anything wrong.

That's the view of former Sunday Mirror editor Paul Connew, who says bosses of the Mail will actually be "revelling in the global spotlight" and loving the free publicity.

The Mail has sparked huge controversy by publishing the headline Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it! on its front page today, along with a picture of Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon's meeting.

Connew told Alexis Conran that he would "defend the Mail’s right to do this," even though he found it "absurd and pretty offensive."

The former journalist also believes that, if a complaint was made to press regulator IPSO about the article, "freedom of expression would have to take precedence" because it's a question of taste rather than accuracy.

Connew added that “both Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon dressed for effect" and they were "trying to make a statement in their choice of outfit." However he added that neither of them would have expected this.

Listen to the full interview above

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