PRCA Complain to Carolyn Harris Over Lobbyist’s Pass

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Following up Guido’s story Francis Ingham, the ever-lunching director general of the trade association for lobbyists the PRCA, has written an open letter to Carolyn Harris to complain about the lobbyist being granted a parliamentary pass by her. Guido revealed that Harris had granted a parliamentary pass to Lawrence Bailey of Whiterock Consulting, a man who was by his own admission “not an employee or member of Carolyn’s staff.” The PRCA’s Director General writes:

“I would like to remind you of your obligations to behave ethically as this story undermines the reputation of the lobbying industry and the integrity of MPs.

… Mr Bailey should have never entertained the idea of a parliamentary pass, and as an MP you should have never employed a lobbyist and given him a pass. Situations like this can seriously damage the public’s trust in politics.

We hope that there will be some swift action to clarify the situation. Will this matter be referred to the Commons Authority by yourself? Will Mr. Bailey be questioned as well?”

Bailey, who has so far received at least £51,305.60 in taxpayers cash while working for Harris and her predecessor, is not a PRCA member but is still bound by Parliament’s rules, which strictly forbids granting passes to lobbyists. Quite something for an MP to be blasted by lobbyists for a lack of ethics…

Times Runs Full Page Ad for “China Heroes”

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On Page 22 of today’s Times sits a series of articles in contrast with the rest of the paper’s coverage of Team GB’s record Olympics haul. A bold headline emblazoned with the Chinese flag praises “China Heroes” such as weightlifter Long Qingquan and table tennis champion Ding Ning. A far cry from the front page headline of “Demand for new honours as Team GB beat China”…

Upon closer inspection, the gushingly patriotic articles are the efforts of a full page advertisement from the Chinese state’s official Xinhua News Agency. Xinhua today declared China “second in the overall standings”, despite Team GB coming second via the traditional tally of gold medals. Odd choice of paper for the bragging propaganda, since the proprietor has really gone off Chinese…

Sky’s Poppy Trowbridge to Be Chancellor’s SpAd

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Guido understands Sky News correspondent Poppy Trowbridge has been appointed as the new Special Adviser to the Chancellor. Poppy will be a recognisable face to many readers, she has reported on business and consumer affairs for Sky for the last four years. Now she is moving to the Treasury after being poached by Philip Hammond. Congratulations Poppy, though another journalist over to the dark side…

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Vote Leave Chief Launching New Brexit Site, Taxpayers’ Alliance Reshuffles

Vote Leave chief Matthew Elliott is back at Business for Britain post-referendum, and Guido hears he will be setting up a new website called BrexitCentral. Former Lobby journalist Jonathan Isaby is leaving the Taxpayers’ Alliance to join as editor. It sounds like the site will offer plenty of comment and analysis – there is a gap in the market for some proper wonkish insight making sure Brexit means Brexit. It launches in September and Guido wishes them well, readers of this site will no doubt await with interest…

Isaby’s departure from the TPA means a reshuffle in wonk world. Tufton Street veteran John O’Connell, who has been at the TPA since 2009, will be the new CEO, another well-deserved appointment. They’ve also hired Tom Banks, who ran Vote Leave’s ground operation in Yorkshire, as their new grassroots campaign manager. More jobs created by voting to Leave…

Breitbart Boss to Run Trump Campaign

Donald Trump has hired pugnacious Breitbart chief Steve Bannon as his new campaign CEO. Bannon was instrumental in founding Breitbart London, he’s a former officer in the US navy who loved British writers like James Delingpole and had dreams of a Tea Party-style anti-establishment movement in the UK. He is an admirer of UKIP though he wishes they didn’t keep selling out and were a bit more right-wing. He signed up both Farage as a columnist and Raheem Kassam (later Nigel’s chief aide) as his London editor. Bannon is a no-nonsense, tough operator who says “we call ourselves the Fight Club. You don’t come to us for warm and fuzzy”Raheem in the White House?

Another Useful Owen Smith BBC Connection

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Owen Smith is a bit of a BBC luvvie having worked there as a producer for ten years, and his handy connections to Auntie don’t end there. Oily’s campaign team includes Olivia Pienaar, a Labour aide who is organising his support from within parliament. Olivia is by all accounts a talented young staffer who works as a bag-carrier to Rachel Reeves. However her appointment ruffled some feathers among Labour moderates who whined that she only got the gig because her dad is BBC deputy political editor John Pienaar. Guido dreads to think what the Corbynistas will say when they find out this family link between the Beeb and the Smith campaign. Don’t tell The Canary or we’ll never hear the end of it…

Jon Steafel Out at the Mail

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Guido hears the Daily Mail’s long-serving Jon Steafel is leaving after decades at the paper. Steafel, who readers will remember rowing with Bad Al Campbell about Ed Miliband’s dad, was deputy editor for 11 years. Back in April Dacre shuffled his top team and pinched Gerard Greaves from the MoS, moving Steafel to the role of group managing editor. After mulling it over he has decided to take a payoff instead, said to be in the region of a million pounds. Fleet Street loses a veteran once tipped for the Mail’s top job…

Corbyn Called For “Complete Rehabilitation” of Trotsky

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Today’s Telegraph goes big on the news that Jeremy Corbyn once called for the “complete rehabilitation” of Leon Trotsky, reporting: It came to light after parliamentary staff on Monday uncovered a paper record of the demand in an underground archive in Westminster”. Truth is it came to light nine months ago, when Guido revealed that Corbyn had signed the EDM defending the mass-murdering communist. Commons authorities kindly took the document in question out of storage and had it copied for us in October last year. You’re either in front of Guido or reading it in the Telegraph nine months later…

Scrapbook Exclusive Stays Exclusive

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The managed decline of part-time Labour attack blog Political Scrapbook continues apace. This morning’s top Scrapbook scoop is headlined: “Liam Fox is Trying to Become UK’s Foreign Secretary, Again!”. A rehash of a story in the Sunday papers which they haven’t even managed to copy correctly – Dr Fox was never Foreign Secretary.[…]

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Hypocrisy of Holier-Than-Thou HuffPo

Fresh from HuffPo attacking hairdressers who failed to pay minimum wage, despite being themselves being sued for not paying writers minimum wage or indeed any wage at all, they switched to coverage of Olympics coverage. Specifically the presenters lack of skin coverage…

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HuffPo are delighting social justice warriors with their coverage of BBC presenter Helen Skelton at the Olympics.[…]

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Missing From the FT Letters Page…

Upon hearing the news that Lionel Barber had been awarded the Legion d’Honneur, one reader wrote to the FT’s letters page to congratulate the editor on his gong. For some reason the letter hasn’t appeared in the pages of the Pink ‘Un, so Guido reproduces it here:

Sir,

May I, without fear or favour, be the first to congratulate you through the pages of your newspaper on your nomination for Chevalier, Legion d’Honneur.

[…]

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Corbynistas Attack Watson in Murdoch Press

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Liam Young is one of Jeremy Corbyn’s main (only) media cheerleaders, you’ll often read him spinning for Jez in the Indy or New Statesman. Young has come to the Dear Leader’s aid once again with a coruscating attack on Tom Watson’s comments about Trot entryists.[…]

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Press Gallery Chairman Craig Woodhouse New DCMS SpAd

A raft of new SpAd appointments is expected imminently and Guido understands the headline move will be Craig Woodhouse joining Karen Bradley at DCMS. It’s a smart hire for the new Culture Secretary to poach an industry insider – Woodhouse is a newspaper veteran, the respected chairman of the Press Gallery and chief political correspondent at The Sun.[…]

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Paul Mason Denies He’ll Run For Parliament

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With Andy Burnham stepping down from parliament, the Staggers has a belter of a tip for who might replace him:

“The chatter in Westminster is that Paul Mason, formerly of Newsnight and Channel 4 News, now one of Jeremy Corbyn’s most forceful advocates in the press, who was born in Leigh, is being lined up for the seat.”

Mason was indeed born in Leigh in 1960, his father was a lorry driver for a local electrics company called Ward and Goldstone and his mother was headmistress of the primary school just down the round.[…]

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Newsnight’s Duncan Weldon Eats His Shoes

Last year Newsnight’s then economics correspondent Duncan Weldon said if the Bank of England cut rates before it raised them he would eat his shoes and put the video on YouTube. He is a man of his word…[…]

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FT Editor Awarded Légion d’Honneur For Pro-EU PR

An outstanding private message fail from FT editor Lionel Barber, who is embarrassed to admit he has been awarded the Légion d’Honneur for his pro-EU PR. Barber meant to send this photo of his gong to a friend but accidentally tweeted it publicly.[…]

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