John Whittingdale has called Brian to give evidence as a witness to his CMS select committee. According to the Sun he’s been kicking up a fuss about turning up, arguing that judges don’t have to explain their position to MPs. Which all makes for an interesting constitutional stand-off. Popcorn…
Who would have thought that Hacked Off, the lobbyists granted private access to Downing Street and given a sofa in Ed Miliband’s office during the crucial press regulation talks, could have possibly broken parliamentary lobbying rules? John Dickinson-Lilley, Hacked Off’s top lobbyist, failed to declare his position in the register of interests. Lord Low, who sponsors him for a pass, tellingly says “he has a pass courtesy of me but doesn’t work for me”.
Until yesterday the register of interests had Dickinson-Lilley down as an employee of the charity Sense, which he left last year to join Hugh and co. Yet for some reason forget to mention his new job. Hacked Off not being completely transparent? Shocker.
When the Leveson lovers story broke, Brian responded by telling Tory MP Rob Wilson that “Ms Patry Hoskins assisted in the largely mechanical exercise of collecting and organising the evidence”. Adding that “absolutely no role” in work on the section of the report addressing the culture, practices and ethics of the press. Well today we learn she was paid £218,606 for this apparently limited role. It does not add up…
Three months after Guido first reported that the star had been questioned and three weeks after this blog reported his arrest, the old media have finally run the Rolf Harris story. There was never any court order or injunction preventing publication, the delay was the decision of the editors alone. Harbottle and Lewis can put pressure on the papers to keep stories quiet, but it merely hands the scoop to the free press on the unregulated internet. Chilling..
An 82-year-old man from Berkshire has been arrested on suspicion of sexual offences as part of the Jimmy Savile sex abuse investigation accord to the Metropolitan Police. Guido understands that it is Rolf Harris.
He was – as Guido reported at the time – interviewed by the police under caution in January. There was no legal reason to not report this news – the papers chose not to for their own reasons…
Fourteen Tory rebels said no to exemplary damages in the Commons last night:
- Richard Bacon
- Christopher Chope
- Tracey Crouch
- Philip Davies
- Nick de Bois
- Andrew Percy
- Mark Reckless
- John Redwood
- Andrew Turner
- Martin Vickers
- Charles Walker
- Sarah Wollaston
- Richard Drax
- Jacob Rees Mogg
And here is what has been dreamt up by Hacked Off and politicians in the middle of the night. It’s all very simple and straight forward:
Graphic via Mail.
Guido has obtained a list of prominent Hacked Off donors.
Today seems as good a day as any to expose these so called “victims”. Besides the undisclosed amount donated by Hugh Grant from his Screws payout and £50,000 from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust, donations in kind have been given by Sovereign Strategy, the spin shop set up by a former Labour MEP Alan Donnelly. Sovereign are Max Mosley’s spinners. Mosley somewhat disingenuously told the audience at a Spectator Debate on Leveson that he did not fund the Hacked Off campaign. This was indirect funding. The time has come to name some of the individual donors who have something to hide.
Guido can reveal that Lady Annabel Goldsmith donated. Which story or photograph about about this socialite’s offspring made her want to restrict the free press? When Hacked Off was set up, Jemima Khan, ex-lover of Hugh Grant, is understood to have hosted a dinner and an upmarket whip-round attended by around thirty of the great and the good. Jemima’s divorce and affairs have kept the papers busy for years. Fortunately for her if Hacked Off got their way the pages would be blank…
With a twist of the knife, the statutory underpinning of the Royal Charter will be put forward in the Lords this afternoon by former Gordon Brown Special Adviser Lord Wilf Stevenson. Loyal Guido readers will remember Stevenson’s role as the […]
The papers are reporting this morning that Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and David Cameorn were on the verge of agreement until Hugh Grant’s Hacked Off campaign lobbied Labour aggressively. This is the draft press release brandished by Hacked Off to […]