Farage on Fire

He’s right…

Hunt Cheerleader Louise Mensch Misses Commons Vote

Despite being one of Jeremy Hunt’s most vocal defenders on the airwaves and the twittersphere, Louise Mensch failed to make the Commons vote this afternoon. Other Tory MPs were dragged from hospital beds, funerals and even their own honeymoon to troop through the Lobby, but it seems an exception was made for the member for Corby, who was paired. Why? Because the Queen was visiting her marginal constituency…

Tories Openly Sniping at LibDems

Lots of unhappy backbench bunnies this evening…

Salmond Accuses Guardian Media Group of Hacking

Alex Salmond has claimed that the Observer hacked his bank account in 1999, telling the Leveson Inquiry:

“I believe that my bank account was accessed by the Observer newspaper some time ago, in 1999 and my reason for believing that is I was informed by a former Observer journalist, who gave me a [inaudible] of what was in my bank account that could only be known to somebody who had seen it. For example, I had bought some toys for my then at that time young nieces in a toy shop in [inaudible] high street which was called Fun and Games, and the person who informed me told me that this caused great anticipation and hope in the Observer investigation unit because they believed that perhaps Fun and Games was more than a conventional toy shop. And enormous disappointment when it turned out to be just a toy shop. I have to say that on [that specific] high street, it seemed to me unlikely that it would be anything else, but anyway, the point I’m making is the person concerned had detail which could only have been known by somebody who had full access to my bank account at that stage.”

GMG have put out a short statement that does not deny the incident but asks, again, for more evidence.

“Mr Salmond first raised the matter of an alleged unauthorised access of his bank account with the Observer’s editor last year. The allegation was that a journalist working for the Observer had accessed his bank details in 1999. As we explained to him last year, on the basis of the information he had given us, we have been unable to find any evidence to substantiate his allegation. As our response to him at the time made clear, we take this allegation very seriously and if he is able to provide us with any more information we will investigate further.”

Awkward…

UPDATE: Co-conspirators in the comments said the BBC would ignore it, they’re right. So far, so ignored, points out the Sun’s political editor, Tom Neutron-Bomb:

Hodges Returns to the Staggers

Guido understands that Dan Hodges is returning to the New Statesman. The move comes weeks after his old foe Mehdi Hasan was “promoted” to the Huffington Post. Guido is told he’ll be an occasional columnist. Ed will love that…

UPDATE: Guido has just spoken to Hodges, who confirms he will continue to write for the Telegraph while contributing fortnightly to the New Statesman magazine.

Scottie Named New People Editor

James “Scottie” Scott, the deputy editor of the Sunday Mirror, has been named as the new editor of the People. Scottie will replace Lloyd Embley, who moved to the vacant weekday editor spot at the Mirror two weeks ago. The appointment is all the more interesting seeing as Scott was intimately involved with obtaining the Ulrika Jonsson story back in 2002. And we all know what happened there… 

Bercow and Bryant’s Hunting Leads to Fireworks

The Speaker sparked a furore in the House after refusing to ask Chris Bryant to withdraw his accusation that Jeremy Hunt is a liar. Bryant claims it was fair game as Hunt was mentioned in the motion though others do not agree:

The Tories weren’t in a mood to let Bercow off the hook, with Jacob Rees-Mogg hitting the nail on the head:

How many more decisions like this from Bercow will the Tories tolerate…

Video via @liarpoliticians.

Leaked Tory Crib Sheet of Planted Hunt Questions

Watch out for the loyal comrades…

No Campaign Choose “Better Together” as Slogan

Alastair Darling will launch the ‘no’ campaign against Scottish freedom in Edinburgh in two weeks time. Forth One broke the  news that Darling will kick off the “Better Together” bid to maintain the repression of the Scottish nation with a […]

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Cameron/Allen Exchange of Letters

These are the letters that the Prime Minister had up his sleeve:

Dear Sir Alex Allan

You will be aware that I will this week be giving evidence to the Leveson Inquiry. As you know, I have decided not to

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Mad Frankie Maude Fires Some Truth Bullets

Two barrels for Balls…

Pic via @MatthewChampion

UPDATE: It had to be done:

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PMQs LIVE: Hunting Edition

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