July 19th, 2011

Damian Collins’ Declaration of Interest

Make sure you listen out for a very important declaration of interest at this afternoon’s Culture Media and Sport Select Committee show trials. Surely Tory MP Damian Collins is going to point out that his wife, one Sarah Richardson, is an employee of Edelman PR – Murdoch and News International’s recently hired spinners…

The spinmeisters have form in this sort of thing, getting into trouble in 2007 when John Hutton was at the DWP. His wife, Heather Rogers – a director at Edelman, lobbied successfully for DWP contracts. Edelman are yet to get back to Guido with assurances that Ms. Richardson is not working on the account…

UPDATE: Edelman stress Ms Richardson is not on the account. The connection must still be declared.


  1. 1
    Rat's arse says:

    Where on earth is Billy?

    • 8
      Rebekah Brooks says:

      I shall contact my MP about this immediately.

      • 46
        Jeremy Clarkson says:

        My MP likes sausage rolls.

        • 53
          misterned says:

          Here follows a brilliant piece of work which I shamelessly steal from the Capitalists @ work blog and which was written or at least posted by Bill Quango MP: It is GENIUS!!!

          Thank you Bill ;)

          “Scene . BBC Salford.

          BBC girl with headphones strides briskly along a BBC corridor, with Ed Miliband hurrying along in tow . She’s saying “We’re walking”into a walkie talkie. BBC news editor meets Mr Miliband and asks “Hello Mr Miliband.You have some important news for us at the BBC today? Where shall we start?”

          “Where? Lets see.. I think I’ll do Radio 5′s Nicky Campbell and Richard Bacon, then BBC 24. Then Radio 3 {quick few minutes there} Then BBC 2, documentary soundbites for a phone hacking scandal. Panorama special.

          Then BBC 1 news and breakfast news for tomorrow…..Then BBC London news, and I’ll do a few of the regionals. Definitely for BBC Wales and BBC Scotland. Then Newsnight and Today and better do World at One too and that other R4 news show that goes out pointlessly before the main news at 6 o’clock..I’ll do Vine for Radio 2 . Better do Newsround too. For the kids. Does Cbeebies do news yet? No..? You might want to look into that…Anyway…I’ll do Radio 1′s Newsbeat for some youth appeal.”

          I will probably just be able to be live on the main Drivetime & of course the 10 o’clock news. I’ll do Derbyshire tomorrow I think. Give me a call.
          A few words for BBC 6 news and BBC 7, or whatever its called now. Four extra?

          If I can I’d like to squeeze in a pre-record for the Andrew Marr show and is This Week on? Shame Question Time isn’t I’d definitely go on that this week… Now what else, while I’m here.
          A few camera poses for Red Button and BBC three 60 second news. A longer piece for BBC 4 news.

          Must do the World Service. Do you still have the extra Arabic and Persian news channels on the World Service? You do, great I’ll do them too. Obviously a piece for the massive BBC interactive website. Maybe four or five pieces? You can run them as you need them. Put a few on Ceefax if that old thing is still going in a few areas.

          Then BBC Newsline for Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Look East/Look North/ Look West and all those other regional stations. BBC Oxford must get a special as they are a key demo for Labour. And Midlands East and West.
          Better do BBC spotlight South-East, even though there’s no voters there, its all message isn’t it?”

          “And what is your message Mr Miliband?”

          “Simple. One broadcaster should not be allowed to dominate and control a large market share of the media of this country.””

        • 64
          Gordon Brownstain says:

          My MP smells of poo.

      • 48
        Cunning as a fox says:

        oohhh you vixen …..

      • 52
        Elisabeth Murdoch says:

        My MP is always popping round.

      • 58
        Sick of the Greed and lies says:

        Why don’t you call him so we can see the conversation in the Sun on Sunday?

      • 62
        Rebekah Brooks says:

        Actually, I won’t bother. The zipper on his gimp mask is stuck.

    • 9
      Tax Payer says:

      Stephenson is holding up well in front of Vazeline et al. Not quite what the M.P.’s may have expected.

      TBH his evidence makes a lot of sense and appears consistent.

      • 56
        Another Tax Payer says:

        If telling people he thought he was the prime minister, counts as ‘holding up’, then who am I to disagree?

        • 71
          Tax Payer says:

          Er, he hadn’t said that when I posted.

          And even commissioners can have slips of the tongue?

          Or do you think it’s something more sinister??

  2. 2
    The Umpire is always right! says:

    Whos wife is what?

  3. 3
    The Umpire is always right! says:

    “His wife, Heather Rogers ”

    whose wife is that?

    • 10
      Sir William Waad says:

      If you back seven words you’ll find the name of John Hutton. His wife, perhaps?

      • 13
        The Umpire is always right! says:

        Does seem like eastenders politics/media/police/spinners.

        They are all related somehow………

  4. 4
    Down with Brown! says:

    What about relationships between Labour members of the committee and Trinity Mirror?

    • 42
      Brownfinger says:

      It Was The Right Thing To Do

    • 65
      non believer says:

      If you know of any do share them, we’d all love to know, or are you just making shit up?

      • 86
        Smig says:

        They’re joined at the hip by the glue that is the National Talking shop of phonehacking, expenses chugging, wordsmiths Union of Journalists.

        The NUJ provides the money, the Liebour Party provides the leaks stories.

  5. 5
    Sir William Waad says:

    Edelman, Edelman
    Every morning you greet me
    Pure and white, clean and bright
    You look happy to meet me…

  6. 6
    S & MP says:

    Oooooh Nicola Blackwood’s on the select committee …. come on that train!

  7. 7
    Penfold says:

    What about David Law’s other half, aint he at Edelman?

    Has this been declared?

  8. 11
    Rat's arse says:

    Oh God, Steve McCabe is asking a question [I think]. Hope Millitw@t takes him along to that Clinic to get something done about his dreadful speech problem.

    • 50
      The old lefty trick of making out you said something you didn't says:

      Vaz and his committee must be the dimmest collection of MPs possible.

  9. 12
    Gordon Brown ate my hamster says:

    Why hasn’t Brown been summoned to answer questions about the Chequers slumber parties for Brooks?

  10. 14
    Mr and Mrs says:

    MPs and their spouses seem to make a point of not adopting the same surname. I can only conclude this is an attempt to obfuscate links.

    • 17
      Down with Brown! says:

      Mrs Harriet Harman and Mr Jack Dromey

      • 26
        Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

        Huhne / Pryce, Balls / Cooper,

      • 32
        Hattie & Droney says:

        We both agreed that as people really hated us individually, that operating under a joint name might have the the sum of hate is greater than the sum of its parts.

    • 21
      Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

      Indeed and Cherie Blair / Booth’s seemed to vary depending on whether she wanted to use the reflected glory from her husband’s position or whether she was trying to maintain her feminist credentials as an independent professional woman.

      Her mouth was certainly plenty big enough to speak out of both sides at the same time.

    • 39
      Andrew Marr says:

      And journalists. Meet my wife Jackie Ashley and my mistress Alice Miles

  11. 15
    Tax Payer says:

    M.P.’s getting pompous and huffy about hospitality.

    Pots and Kettles?

  12. 19
    Anonymous says:

    i wonder if coulson gave the tories any info gained from brown’s phone – particularly around the election… now that would be sweet…

  13. 24
    annette curton says:

    Culture, Media and Sports?, will Wayne Rooney be there then.

  14. 25
    Gordon Brown ate my hamster says:

    For those who missed last night’s fun on Newsnight.

    • 60
      Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

      The spack from the BBC seems keen for Cameron to resign

    • 73
      misterned says:

      Are there unicorns on Harman’s planet? Because she sure as hell isn’t living on the same planet as the rest of us.

      • 76
        misterned says:

        Her claim that Murdoch was day’s away from acquiring control of the whole of BSKYB is utterly false. She must surely know, because it IS common, public knowledge, that the deal to acquire BSKYB meant that SKY News (which is currently very much part of BSKYB) would be floated off to be independently owned and that Murdoch would have ZERO ownership and control of Sky News.

        Whereas now he still maintains a stake in SKY News. Bravo lefties!!!

        • 83
          Anonymous says:

          That is the thing that has not been explained to the public, up until the scandal blew up Murdoch would have had less control over news output in the UK then he has now as he would no longer control Sky News for at least 10 years. It is now highly possible Sky News could close in the near future leaving just about everyone to get their news from the BBC. So much for competition.

  15. 27
    Vazeline says:

    Oily has just reminded Stephenson that an ex-member of Now was working for Cameron, but also reminded him that an ex-member of Now worked for RetardEd.

    I bet RetardEd really likes that!

  16. 28
    The Umpire is always right! says:

    69 press officers?

    Chief Commis says 45??????????????


    Lots of cops had “serious illness”???????????

  17. 29
    Postal Vote says:

    This actually harms Murdoch and Edelman should have declared this and referred the assignment.


    PS Actually just navigated to this site because I noticed Vaz looking in the camera whether it was recording him while framing a question – just shows you ….

  18. 31
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Keith Vaz Committee.

    Is Vaz interested in the truth from Stevenson.
    Will the committee question the labour home secretary when the hacking was first highlighted.

    • 61
      c.eng says:

      How nauseating to watch these creepy MPs led by Keith Vaz ?? interviewing someone who seems to be a proper person, and at least did a proper job.

      • 77
        Redpoll says:

        Err, a proper job is not head of the Met! Think burger-flipping at MacDonalds or soul destroying Call Centre bollocks. Few of the people featured in Guido’s public information service do proper jobs as do few of the commenters in this blog. Most of my neighbours don’t do proper jobs and seem to be buying 4 wheel drive trucks like they are going out of fashion; dear Dave, what am I doing wrong? Have you got an internship for a 50+ year old…something to do with putting me in a position to make loadsamoney without having to do much…Royal Counter of Trees in the CentralLondon parks wouldbe good…1 day a week say, £1,000 (including subsistence and travelling expenses) for the day!

  19. 33
    The Umpire is always right! says:

    Tories sticking up for the Guardian.

    Would the Guardian ever stick up for the Tories?

  20. 34
    Martin Day says:

    Congratulations to Labour’s new General Secretary Iain McNicol who was appointed today

  21. 37
    Salmonella Rushbasket says:

    Nothing will ever go well in this country while grasping lobbyists have the favoured ear of ministers. The lobbying racket must be brought to an end by whatever means are necessary.

  22. 38
    The old lefty trick of making out you said something you didn't says:

    What about Kath Raymond working for Blunkett and Brown; but also being the partner of Les Hinton, CEO of NI at the same time.

  23. 40
    The Sleeper says:

    Who’s the old boy MP who looks like he needs his nurse to wheel him off to the loo?

  24. 43
    Murdoch's Web says:

    Old Rupe played a blinder A man in number 10, A man in the opposition(still) and a man at the MET.

  25. 44
    Tax Payer says:

    Stephenson succesfully batting everything away.

    I was not involved. He didn’t work for me. I believed what I was told. There was no evidence.

    Gonna be tricky to implicate him from this.

    • 72
      Another Tax Payer says:

      On the assumption he is actually telling the truth, you seem to have a good point there.

      At the end of the day it all comes down to belief in the credibility and judgement of the leader of an organisation that has let us down badly.

    • 82
      Bill d'Sarse says:

      Yates is a different matter.

  26. 47
    The Umpire is always right! says:

    Whose was the blonde just asking a question?

  27. 51
    Gordon Brown ate my hamster says:

    Stephenson is a slippery bastard.

  28. 54
    Anonymous says:

    Commons committees look more and more like Kangaroo courts. Shows the quality of our MPs I guess.

    • 63
      A. Dirty Digger says:

      strewth, I’m up for a Kangaroo court.

      • 78
        HandsomeDavid says:

        We don’t eat bush meat here in London cobber

        In fact if we Londoners see a roadkill we gather around and start crying and one of us tries to resuscitate it – thats why badgers now have TB.

    • 74
      Tax Payer says:

      There was a good reson for M.P.’s also being barristers.

      These jokers couldn’t ask their way out of a paper bag.

  29. 59
    Nuff Said. says:

    At the end of the day. The very wealthy Sir Paul accepted hospitality from Champneys. Of which there was no need as the MET has its own recuperation center.

  30. 66
    Gordon Brown ate my hamster says:

    Nicola Blackwood is rather lovely.

  31. 70
    A Moral says:

    policy-free Miliband is grandstanding for career advancement, on a mess allowed to escalate by his party turning a blind eye in 2002, while the economy is floundering because of a mess created by his party. That is shameful opportunism.

    • 75
      Another Tax Payer says:

      It is opportunism, but I think you will find he has no shame.

    • 79
      Anonymous says:

      That’s what opposition is all about, it’s just a pity the Tories were so useless in opposition and are proving so useless at fighting back in government. Admittedly it is always easier when you have the BBC on your side.

      • 88
        misterned says:

        What is the betting that if Murdoch starts landing labour in the shit at the commons select committee kangaroo court this afternoon, that the BBC news shall cut away to something else?

  32. 84
    Anonymous says:


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