$400 to Lie on Caroline Flint

If a politician is particularly successful, or spectacularly bad, they might get a book written about them. At the last election all sorts of tat from loo-rolls to bottle openers were emblazoned with out leaders faces. It is however a rare honour to have a whole piece of furniture named after you. Unless of course you are the Speaker.

For just $429 you can be the proud owner of the Caroline Flint Day Bed.

Apparently it is the ultimate in “comfort and versatility”, as well as being “highly durable and attractive”.

Would go perfectly with some window dressing…

Watch Out Dale, Arianna:
The Heffington Post Cometh

Since his departure from The Telegraph whispers have been afoot that Simon Heffer is looking to break into the online world with a new right-wing blogging project, backed by Associated Press, publishers of the Daily Mail, to take the fight to AOL’s HuffPo. The great man himself gave nothing away when Guido called, merely pointing out that he is on “gardening leave” from The Telegraph and contractually can’t compete until after August 1. Guido thinks he’s found the perfect name for his site…

Iain Dale and Arianna Huffington are going head-to-head tomorrow with their respective launches. The Daily Mail is bigger than HuffPo in the UK and won’t take the threat from Arianna lying down. It occurs to Guido that the now available Johnathan Isaby would be a good fit culturally and editorially for Heffer…

Phone Hacker Glenn Mulcaire Asks Press to Respect His Privacy

From: Charlotte Dewar
Date: 5 July 2011 14:53
Subject: STRICTLY PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL: The wife and children of Glenn Mulcaire

PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL; NOT FOR PUBLICATION

The Commission has this afternoon been contacted by Sarah Webb, a representative of the wife of Glenn Mulcaire. As you will see, Ms Webb has said that a number of representatives of the media are at the family home. Mr Mulcaire is not at the home. Mrs Mulcaire and the children are distressed by the attention and have asked that the PCC make editors aware of their request that journalists should leave the area. Ms Webb states that press enquiries relating to Mr Mulcaire should be directed to her at the email address provided.

We are happy to make editors aware of the position. Please feel free to give me a call to discuss any Code issues.

Best wishes
Charlotte

From: SARAH WEBB
Sent: 05 July 2011
To: Charlotte Dewar
Subject: Glenn Mulcaire

I act for the wife of Glenn Mulcaire.

As you know, Mr Mulcaire is the subject of considerable news attention today. At the moment, his house is being besieged by press. He is not at home. His wife and children (who are under the age of 18) are in the home. They are distressed by the presence of large numbers of reporters and photographers, which has stopped them from entering or leaving the home.

Mrs Mulcaire and her children do not wish to speak to the press; they have not been involved in any way in allegations of phone hacking. I would be grateful if you could make clear our request to editors, in line with Clause 4 (Harassment) of the Editors’ Code, that their representatives leave the area of the home. Media enquiries regarding Mr Mulcaire should be directed to me at the email address above.

Thank you

Sarah Webb
SARAH WEBB
Partner

Dead Ed’s Poll Ratings Sinking

In the Guy Newsroom we regularly debate the Labour leadership, should we campaign to “Save Ed” or “Back Balls”. We are not the only ones who have this dilemma, within CCHQ there is a wary faction who think that the Tory machine should go easy on Ed for their interests are well served with him as opposition leader. His brother David might be more trick to deal with they fear.

When even the activists on LabourList think with a 53% majority that Ed is doing a poor or very poor job he is in real internal difficulties. The shadow cabinet and former supporters feel the same.

Others look with glee at the prospect of another Labour leadership fight that could see Ed Balls become leader, the kamikaze choice for Labour. Some fear that Yvette could take the crown and she might be a game changer for Labour. It would be much harder for Cameron to duel with her as she carries less baggage. Daughter of Brown has less of a ring to it…

UPDATE: Graph “Hari-ed” from PoliticsHome.

Quote of the Day

While watching the Royal Wedding with Arab ambassadors William Hague said:

“Look, a million people are heading for the palace – and we’re totally relaxed about it.”

+++ Labour Votes No To £9.5 Billion to IMF Bailout Fund +++

A few moments ago in Committee Room 14 at the usually staid Statutory Instruments Committee, Labour members voted in the national interest.  Government whips got it through 10/6. Something very rare happened in what is usually the dullest of committees. A dozen or so Tory non-members of the committee came and spoke against affirming the instrument. Government whips cajoled the pliant Tory and LibDem members of the committee to vote to affirm the instrument while Tory MPs spoke from the floor against it. Promising new boy Steve Baker and backbench eurosceptic Douglas Carswell were among those who spoke against affirming the instrument. If Guido’s grasp of arcane parliamentary procedure is correct this will now have to go to a silent vote of the whole house without a debate.

Cross-Party Rejection of IMF Increase

As Guido mentioned yesterday, the Statutory Instruments Committee meets today to debate the £9.5 billion the government proposes to export to the IMF en route to Greece and probably the ECB. He hears it is a lively debate and that Labour are set possibly to vote against or abstain from supporting the transfer, potentially forcing a full Commons vote tomorrow…

The day Christine Legarde moves in to the IMF.

Real War For the Speaker

After the tension between Dave and Bercow flared up again last week, the PM has responded very publicly to the Speaker’s sarcasm. PA report from the PM’s trip to Afghanistan:

“Commons Speaker John Bercow is to spend time trading places with his counterpart in Afghanistan, it was revealed today. Bercow and Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi have been lined up for an exchange scheme agreed between the two countries. Asked if Bercow had been approached to participate in the exchange, a Downing Street spokesman said: “I am sure he is fully supportive of our efforts.”

Of course he is. Apparently “British and Afghan MPs, peers and senators could also take part…” Mark Pritchard and Peter Bone should start packing their bags.

Osbournomics

There are many reasons why the NHS is not the “envy of the world”, but Guido reckons they could have tried a little harder with their token celebrity endorsement for the NHS’s 63rd birthday today. Step forward Ozzy Osbourne. The […]

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Brooks: I Won’t Quit

Robert Peston’s very reliable source at News International has been on the phone:

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Quote of the Day

Charles Clarke says Cameron is the most successful PM for over a century…

“Under Margaret Thatcher the Conservatives gained 99 seats. They lost 211 under John Major, gained one under William Hague, quickly and wisely got rid of Ian Duncan-Smith, gained 32 under Michael Howard and have so far gained 133 under David Cameron who, to the great surprise of many (including senior Conservatives), has turned out to be the most electorally successful Tory leader since 1900.”

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