Lord Justice Leveson just announced that he will be calling on Piers Morgan to give evidence and explain his comments on phonehacking. Breaking…
UPDATE: Well it seems Leveson read our letter outlining the case against Morgan.
Keir Stammer the Director of Public Prosecutions told Radio Five this morning:
“We are very close to a decision. There is one remaining issue which is that we are seeking some material which is held by a national newspaper. That is the only thing we are waiting for now … I understand why people think it is taking a lot of time but the way in which we get material from journalists is an important principle, quite separate from the Chris Huhne case.”
Soon Huhnie my boy. Soon.
The Mail on Sunday has gone to the trouble of recreating the journey that Vicky Pryce would have had to have undertaken to have got the speeding ticket that she alleged Chris Huhne actually deserved. It was back in May that this blog revealed that Vicky Pryce was speaking at an event at the LSE on the night in question. Tracing the route she would have had to have driven it seems it is nigh on impossible for her to have done the journey in the time required.
The police have been investigating this case for six months, the CPS has been avoiding taking the case to Court for three months. It is a fundamental tenet of our justice system that all are equal before the law. The CPS appear to be nervous about prosecuting this case because Huhne is a Cabinet Minister. Justice delayed is justice denied and it is time the evidence was tested in Court.
This was Guy News “huhneting” three months ago. The CPS have again asked Essex Police for more evidence – this time emails from Vicky Pryce to the Sunday Times where she planted a “no fingerprints” story about Huhne. Unfortunately her fingerprints have now been found everywhere except on the steering wheel of the speeding car. We’ll get him in the end…
This evening Chris Huhne made the embarrassing mistake of broadcasting what was intended to be a private direct message. Clearly trying to plant a story not to be traced back to him. This is the man who told the police his wife was “confused” for saying he was driving the car that got the penalty points for speeding. Will he claim someone else sent this tweet?
His wife trusted him. You can’t trust Chris Huhne. Will the DPP make the same mistake?
Further to Mark Kleinman’s whitewash scoop this morning, Sky News have been running this package, which will not make for comfortable viewing for Trinity Mirror execs:
In other news, it’s the first day of the Leveson Inquiry today. Surely just a coincidence…
Trinity Mirror are set to announce that their review into phone-hacking has found that there was no widespread malpractice taking place at its newspapers, despite a growing list of allegations around Ulrika Jonsson, Frank Bruno and Noel Edmonds. An internal investigation whitewash? Sound familiar yet?
Sky’s Mark Kleinman is reporting that:
“Paul Vickers, the group legal director of Trinity Mirror, told a meeting of the company’s board last month that a review lasting about six weeks had been completed and that there were no grounds for directors’ concern.”
This is despite clear allegations from a former member of staff at The People that, Kleinman reports, were not considered by Vickers. We know full well that the legal director had been made aware of the allegations in this letter from the Sunlight Centre. Add this to the fact the same former staff claim the Mirror Group’s HR department “urged colleagues to deny any knowledge of phone-hacking at the company on the same day that Clive Goodman was arrested in 2006.” Plenty here for the Guardian to really get their teeth into…
Given that he’s still suspended from the parliamentary Labour Party, and sits as an independent MP while the police continue to investigate his expenses, you would have thought that Denis MacShane would be keeping a low profile in Liverpool. But no, not only is he pea-cocking around the conference centre pressing the flesh, he has even had the cheek to appear on the Daily Politics.