The Mail’s Tim Shipman has just handed Owen Jones his rear end on welfare:
Interesting news: Tim Montgomerie is standing down as editor of ConHome to become the Times’ comment editor:
“It is with mixed emotions that I report that Sunday 7th April will be my last day as full-time Editor of ConservativeHome. The following day I start an exciting new chapter in my working life. The Times newspaper’s new editor John Witherow recently asked me to edit The Times’ comment pages and I have decided that it was right to say yes to this exciting new opportunity.”
He will still be contributing weekly to ConHome and advising the site. Congratulations…
Toby Helm and co have been cock-a-hoop this afternoon with the news that the Labour leaning Education Select Committee are set to recall Michael Gove over his bombastic SpAd Dominic Cummings. Calling their bluff he has replied asking to come immediately. Tomorrow at the earliest. Cocky…
Weirdy-beardy Lord Greaves has been at it again on the LibDem forum; smearing one of the women at the centre of the allegations as untrustworthy and a “fundraiser who raised less money than she cost to employ”. Guido hears he’s been referred to the internal investigation on the matter. Now Shirley Williams has come out to bat for Rennard, insisting that “he is a very fine man”. Something is badly wrong when the only LibDem women willing to talk to the press are defending the party sex pest…
Clegg met with David “The Jews” Ward last night, telling him he has to go and work with LibDem Friends of Israel to “achieve a better understanding” of the situation. With other things on their mind they are kicking it into the long grass, but his punishment, though slight, is quite amusing…
Given the very obvious lack of female LibDem MPs coming forward to discuss Lord Rennard on the airwaves, is it really wise for one of them to joke about avoiding the cameras?
Sarah Teather has been located at last: she’s on the way to Eastleigh:
You might not want to do media, Sarah, but Guido suspects others in your party would like you to take the bold step and speak up. What did you know of Lord Rennard’s ways and when? As a female candidate selected to fight a winnable by-election masterminded by the man himself, she would be able to shed some light on the situation. Why so quiet?
The only highlight of a shouty PMQs came when the Leader of the Opposition tore the Staggers a new one, telling Dave:
“he’s scraping the barrel by quoting the New Statesman.”
That’s how he repays them after they endorsed Ed. They ejaculated in 2010:
“Labour needs a bold, charismatic, compassionate and visionary leader to renew the party and begin the journey back to government. Ed Miliband has shown us he could be that leader.”
The magazine went on to force out their best writer to keep Ed happy and yet he still humiliates them in front of all their friends. A cruel mistress…
All the old favourites this morning. Gordon’s former SpAd and Guido’s old friend Damian McBride is up before the Public Administration Committee. If his blogs are anything to go by he is billed to lift the lid on the plots, gossip an conspiracy during his time at Number 10.[…] Read the rest
Here is something that Call Clegg listeners might like to ask the Deputy Prime Minister about. Former LibDem MP Sandra Gidley was asked whether she told Clegg about Rennard when he became leader in 2007:
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“Yes, that is true but at this point I don’t want to go any further.