Indy Pol Ed Andy Grice Quits

Sean O’Grady, managing editor of the Independent, emails staff:

“After 17 glorious scoop-filled years, our friend and colleague Andy Grice is to step down as Political Editor of The Independent later in the summer. We all know what an amazing job he has done and the debt we owe to him. Happily, Andy will continue to contribute to our titles. Applications are therefore invited to fill some exceptionally big shoes.”

Guardian Sets Crude Example

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Saudi Arabia have come out in support of the Guardian’s campaign to keep fossil fuels in the ground:

The hated, oppressive regime which opposes everything our country holds dear, joins forces with Saudi Arabia…

No. 10 Hire Camilla Cavendish as Policy Chief

David Cameron has hired another of his Oxford contemporaries, Sunday Times columnist Camilla Cavendish, to do policy:

Cavendish did PPE at Brasenose College the year after Dave. Critics will be able to point to one more addition to the Downing Street old boys’ (and girls) club.

She is also yet another Policy Exchange graduate moving across to government, though readers will more likely recognise her being punchy on Question Time. She says she spent the days after the election “cycling with [Steve] Hilton through the sunny Californian campus of Stanford University”. And now she is in the wigwam of trust…

UPDATE: A fuller list of appointments via James Forsyth:

  • Ed Llewellyn – Chief of Staff
  • Kate Fall – Deputy Chief of Staff
  • Craig Oliver – Political and Communications Director
  • Ameet Gill – Director of Strategy
  • Liz Sugg – Director of Operations and Campaigns
  • Gabby Bertin – Director of External Relations
  • Graeme Wilson – Press Secretary

UsVsB3lam: Former Journos Locked Out of Mirror Twitter

Last week when the Mirror canned their internetz projects all the online hacks claimed they weren’t being fired, rather things were just ‘under review’. Well it looks as if that review has now concluded:

They finally have the answer to who’s us and who’s them…

Guardian Coy on Coal Cash

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Alan Rusbridger is very coy about whether the Guardian makes money from fossil fuel companies, despite campaigning for the Wellcome Trust and Gates Foundation to divest their investments from them. In a recent Q&A, Rusbridger wriggled around the straightforward “Will The Guardian refuse advertising from fosil fuel companies?” question, claiming that his commercial director “didn’t think we took vast sums from fossil fuel companies.

Funny, then, that the coal mining company Anglo American both sponsors the Guardian’ssocial impact hub” and pays for a whole “partner zone” worth of “advertisement features” within the Guardian’ssustainable business” section.

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Anglo American is one of the fossil fuel companies in which the Gates Foundations invests…

Read Guido’s Sun on Sunday Column Online

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Guido’s Sun on Sunday column is free to read this morning, not behind a paywall, over on SunNation. Change is coming to Westminster’s watering holes as the SNP take over, as 20 year old Mhairi Black celebrates her win with a snakebite.

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  • The story of how UKIP’s Raheem Kassam lost a bet and had to change his name by deed poll

EDSTONE

  • How UKIP very nearly had their own #EdStone moment during the election campaign

BURNHAM

  • Andy Burnham is already distancing himself from Ed Miliband… on bacon sandwiches
  • “No. Simple answer. Not at all. I have no such ambition” – Tim Farron on being LibDem leader. Another broken promise!
  • Dave’s new hands on approach to party management: “He’s stopping people in corridors, doing high fives, giving hugs”
  • Chief Whip Mark Harper is clearly enjoying his new job, but is the power going to his head?
  • De Bois is Back in Town: ousted Tory MP set to launch bid for London mayor

Read today’s column for free, here

Chuka Aide Mail Briefing Unravels

Looks like another row is due between the Mail and the Labour Party after an unnamed aide for Chuka Umunna briefed out that it was their behaviour that so upset their boss, including a toxic claim of doorstepping a 102 year old grandmother:

Mail-land is keen to stress it’s simply not true:

Guido understands that no one from the Staggers checked with the Mail to see if it was true before punting the line…

Mirror Shutters Ampp3d, UsVsTh3m and RowZed

Mirror sources say staff working for their ill-fated online ventures, Ampp3d, UsVsTh3m and RowZed, are being made redundant. The operations will be closed immediately and staff have been told that the paper will try to find new roles for them. Apparently upstairs thought they were shi*e…

Martin Belam the founder of the titles boasted in a statement:

I’ve had the most amazing fun over the last couple of years. Watching millions of people play things like “Are you hated by the Daily Mail?” or read articles like “7 toilets that we’d rather have as justice secretary than Michael Gove” from a national newspaper group has been brilliant.

Wonder why they failed?

UPDATE: Here is an Ampp3d style statistical analysis of today’s news:

UPDATE II: Martin Belam appears to have enjoyed our report

See: National Papers Can’t Do the Internet

Prince Charles Gets Crick’d!

Watch Charles’ aide, the woman on the left, grab the microphone as it kicks off…

UPDATE: Guido understands the Charles aide who took Crick’s microphone cover is Kristina Kyriacou, who used to advise Cheryl Cole. Her nickname, given to her […]

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Politico’s Oh No! Amateur Gaffe for New Venture

US beltway giant Politico might need to try a little harder in their new European expansion.

In a sloppy piece about Osborne – that appears to be lifted almost entirely from James Forsyth’s Twitter – Politico confuse unelected civil servant […]

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Kevin Schofield New PoliticsHome Editor

Welcome to the internet to the Sun’s chief political correspondent, Kevin Schofield, who is taking over from Paul Waugh at PoliticsHome:

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Cabinet Filmed For the First Time

Unprecedented footage as Dave lets the cameras into Number 10 to film Cabinet for the first time…

And […]

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