WATCH: Nick Herbert Says “F**kwit” on Daily Politics

Rule number one if you are an MP appearing on the telly: don’t drop the F-bomb. That’s what Nick Herbert did on the Daily Politics just now:

Poor JoCo!

Another Pro-Labour Newsnight Hire

David Lammy’s ex June Sarpong is Ian Katz’s latest hire at Newsnight, Mandrake reveals. What they didn’t mention is that Sarpong’s Labour connections do not end there. The photo above shows her fronting a Labour election rally in April 2005 alongside Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. The Telegraph at the time reported that the former Channel 4 presenter seemed awe-struck”, fangirling on stage over Labour leaders present and future. Having Labour links on your CV seems to be a prerequisite for a Newsnight job these days…

UPDATE: Sarpong will, according to Newsnight’s Ian Katz, apparently only be an occasional contributor.

VICTORY: BBC Pulls Anti-UKIP Editor From Election Coverage

Following MediaGuido’s story yesterday revealing the anti-UKIP rant of BBC News Channel deputy editor Jasmine Lawrence, the Beeb has gagged her and relieved her of her duties for this week’s election coverage. A BBC spokesman tells Guido:

“Jasmine Lawrence was tweeting from a personal account. She has been reminded of her responsibility to uphold BBC guidelines. She has deactivated her twitter account and will now be playing no part in the BBC’s election coverage in coming days.”

We’re always watching…

BBC News Channel Editor Broadcasts Anti-UKIP Rant

Jasmine Lawrence is the editor of the BBC News Channel, where it is safe to say she has significant influence over the BBC’s coverage of the European elections and politics in general. Lawrence’s Twitter feed largely consists of retweets of Labour MPs and left-wing journalists. Today she has been sharing her thoughts on UKIP, joining those using the anti-UKIP parody #WhyImVotingUKIP hashtag to attack the party:

The BBC’s Charter requires its journalists to be impartial, something you would have thought they might be particularly careful about at election time. For such a senior BBC journalist to openly broadcast an attack on a political party the day before an election is inappropriate to put it mildly…

UPDATE: Lawrence has now deleted her Twitter account.

Paxo Asks Silvio: Did You Call Merkel an Unf**kable Lard-Ar*e?

On tonight’s Newsnight, Paxo interviews Silvio Berlusconi:

We’ll miss him when he’s gone…

WATCH: Dougie Alexander Gets Brutally Brillo’d

Robbo and Dave’s Data Protection Blooper

Kind, caring Dave showed his soft side on the News at Ten last night, letting the cameras into No. 10 to film him responding to a letter from a little girl. Of course Nick Robinson and the PM will have got permission to run the letter, name and home address of the girl in full (obscured by Guido above) to their two million viewers, making sure they didn’t blatantly breach the Data Protection Act. Right?

Patten Stands Down

The BBC Trust’s head of media says:

Big vacancy…

UPDATE: Diane Coyle is acting chairman while a replacement is found.

UPDATE II: Patten had heart bypass surgery last month after experiencing serious chest pains. His statement in full is here.

BBC Pays MPs More Than Every Newspaper Combined

Press Gazette has crunched the numbers and worked out that the BBC pays more money to publicity-seeking MPs for vanity appearances than every national newspaper combined. Rory Stewart trousered £8,000 for his documentary, Alan Johnson pocketed £5,317, while part-time MP […]

McTernan the Tables

A downbeat John McTernan didn’t think much of Labour’s chances in the European elections when asked by Andrew Neil on the Daily Politics today:

Brillo: “Are we inevtivably heading to European elections in which UKIP is a clear victor, Labour

[…]

Paxman Quits Newsnight
Guido Revealed Katz Wanted Him Out Earlier This Month

Earlier this month in his Sun column Guido revealed that Newsnight editor Ian Katz was attempting to force out Jeremy Paxman.

“GUIDO hears the knives are out for Newsnight star Jeremy Paxman.

Ian Katz, the groovy former deputy editor of

[…]

Lobby Boris Bubble Deflates Embarrassingly Quickly in Newark

Astoundingly incompetent analysis from much of the political media this evening speculating on Boris standing in Newark. Only one problem – the local Tories have already selected their candidate back in November. CCHQ have been on a by-election footing for […]



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