Ground-Hodge Day: Dan Quits Labour, Again

Dan Hodges has quit Labour, again:

“I’m done. Yesterday I cancelled my direct debit to the Labour Party. “Why don’t you just sod off and join the Tories“, Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters regularly ask anyone who dares to challenge their rancid world view. I won’t be joining the Tories. But I am sodding off…”

It’s punchy:

“Jeremy Corbyn is the Left’s Enoch Powell. His views and stances are equally repugnant. It’s just that because he is leader the of “my party” that I have refused to acknowledge it… By remaining a Labour Party member, and by continuing to fund Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, I am complicit. Both morally, and practically. I am paying for his propaganda. I am funding his henchman. I am financing his own campaign of terror. And there comes a moment where you have to say “enough. Not in my name”. For me, that moment has finally arrived.”

Though readers with good memories will be feeling a sense of deja vu. Flashback to 2013:

So bad he quit them twice…

Guido in The Sun on Sunday

Read Guido’s column in the Sun on Sunday to find out the latest astonishing twist in the Tory bullying saga. The cops are investigating after a police impersonator threatened a whistleblower with arrest. Don’t miss out on:

ADAMS

  • Tatler Tory row MP declares “NFJ” rule at his Christmas bash. NFJ? “No F**king Journalists”

MAY

  • Plot to get Theresa May on Tory leadership ballot
  • Why was Jeremy Corbyn told he didn’t have the proper security clearance this week?
  • The Tory minister funding fanatical campaigners to the tune of £200,000-a-year… to harass her
  • Why have Labour MPs been sending Jeremy Corbyn “get well soon” cards?
  • Claus out in Westminster as Santa comes to town

You can read it all today, for free, only on SunNation

End of Hacking Prosecutions: Piers Gets Off

The Crown Prosecution Service have signalled the end of phone hacking trials after dropping their investigations into ten individuals at Mirror Group:

“The CPS has looked in great detail at the comprehensive files submitted to us by the police, both in relation to corporate liability at News Group Newspapers and against 10 individuals at Mirror Group Newspapers for alleged phone hacking.

“After a thorough analysis, we have decided there is insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of a conviction and therefore no further action will be taken in any of these cases.

“There has been considerable public concern about phone hacking and invasion of privacy. Over the past three years, we have brought 12 prosecutions and secured nine convictions for these serious offences. These decisions bring the CPS’s involvement in current investigations into phone hacking to a close.”

Someone is very happy:

So no more embarrassments in court for the embattled CPS. Worth noting that Mirror Group have paid out huge sums in settlements to people accusing them of hacking. Yet the CPS say there is insufficient evidence to prosecute…

UPDATE: This is the CPS statement on Mirror Group. They say their activities were “suspicious” but they couldn’t put forward whistleblowing former staff as witnesses:

Ten files were considered by the CPS as part of Operation Golding, relating to allegations of phone hacking at Mirror Group Newspapers. These files concerned ten individual journalists who worked at Mirror Group Newspapers. It has been determined there is insufficient evidence against any individual suspect to provide a realistic prospect of conviction for phone hacking.

In reaching this decision, we considered a number of strands of evidence, including scrutiny of suspicious call data. The call data showed a regular pattern of two calls being placed to the same number (double tapping) and also a large number of calls placed to voicemail platform numbers. However, it is not possible to prove the fact that the ‘double taps’ and calls to voicemail platform numbers are definitely instances of phone hacking. In addition, it was common practice at Mirror Group Newspapers for journalists to use one another’s telephones, and so it is not possible to determine which individuals were responsible for making specific calls.

Whilst the call data was deemed suspicious it could not be said with certainty that it showed instances of phone hacking by any specific individual and was ultimately found to be insufficient to bring a prosecution.

We considered statements from two potential witnesses, both former employees of the Sunday Mirror, who made direct allegations against certain individuals. Following thorough scrutiny of the allegations we decided we were unable to put either forward as a prosecution witness.

The first stage of the Full Code Test is that there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction against each suspect on each charge. Without the evidence passing the first stage a prosecution in any individual case cannot take place.

Newsnight Ratings Blow as 10 O’Clock News Extended

The BBC have confirmed that that they will extend the 10 o’clock news bulletin by ten minutes in 2016. Media Guardian reports:

“The move to end the main bulletin at 10.45pm, first reported by the Guardian last week and expected to be announced officially later today, will increase the overlap with Newsnight, BBC2’s current affairs programme, which starts at 10.30pm.”

Of course, MediaGuido readers knew all about the changes six weeks ago:

“There are concerns that plans from Beeb bosses to let the News at Ten run on until 10:45pm would further eat into Newsnight’s ratings, dire news given the first ten minutes of the programme are already killed by the local news on BBC1.”

The move is killer for the already embattled Newsnight, which has recently been trimmed by five minutes. The longer news bulletin on BBC1 is looking at spending more time on each story, and running in depth political interviews with Laura K. The fear is that renders Newsnight somewhat obsolete…

Hacked Off Cheapskates Leave MPs Hacked Off

You would have thought, with all those mega-rich donors and celebrity backers, that Hacked Off would be able to pay the postage on their mailshots. MPs are less than impressed at having to stump up £1.50 to read their latest dross today, all because Hugh Grant and co couldn’t be bothered to buy the correct stamps. If all 650 MPs pay up that theoretically leaves a £1,000 bill for the taxpayer. Slow clap.

Guido in The Sun on Sunday

FURY

Read Guido’s column in the Sun on Sunday as the campaign for Brexit secures literally its biggest backer yet: the heavyweight champion of the world. Don’t miss out on:

VICTIMS

  • Tory bullying whistleblowers blast inquiry: “I was made to feel like a terrorist”

CARNEY

  • In Campaign Carney Row: Bank of England officials furious with BSE

DONOR

  • Top Labour Donor Quits, Telling Corbyn: “You are leading the party into oblivion”
  • Chris Bryant, the copper and the dead donkey
  • Pro-bombing Tom Watson inundated with abusive messages from Corbynistas calling him a “traitor” and a “Blairite
  • Desperate Remain campaign claims “The EU lets us have more sex”
  • Momentum chief Jon Lansman’s son works as asset manager promising “tax efficiency” to “shelter income tax”

You can read it all today, for free, only on SunNation

ITV’s Allegra Stratton

As rumoured last week, Newsnight’s Allegra Stratton is off to ITV:

“BBC Newsnight’s Political Editor Allegra Stratton is to join ITV News’ line-up of specialist experts in the newly-created role of National Editor.

Allegra will work across ITV News’ full range of programmes, appearing frequently on News at Ten. In her new role, she will provide insight and in-depth analysis of the domestic and policy issues that matter to our viewers.”

Stratton is not thought to have got on brilliantly with Ian Katz. Wounder for the BBC as ITV News at Ten bolster their line up further. Newsnight looks like a sinking ship

Guido in The Sun on Sunday

COUP

In today’s news-filled Sun on Sunday column, Guido reveals that Labour MPs are plotting to take out John McDonnell. Read all about it here, and don’t miss out on:

benn

  • Supporters of Hilary Benn for leader are sharing Clinton’s ‘Ready for Hillary’ graphics

THREAT

  • Fears London Labour MPs will be targeted for deselection as new far-left members sign up in the hundreds

YEO

  • Guido’s favourite Tim Yeo anecdote: what happened when he dined alone and ordered an expensive bottle of wine…
  • What will Osborne do with McDonnell’s Little Red Book?
  • What did Jeremy Corbyn call his cat?
  • Lord Hain’s “painful” PMQs
  • What happened when Seumas Milne phoned George Galloway live on LBC last week
  • Why Sadiq Khan is hoping to be a record-breaker
  • Mark Clarke on “using women as bait”, in his own words

You can read it all today, for free, only on SunNation

Tim Yeo Loses Libel Action Against Sunday Times

Tim Yeo

Tim Yeo has lost his libel action against the Sunday Times. A very happy Jonathan Calvert, the journalist who wrote the original story along with Heidi Blake, tells Guido:

“We won on every count and judge used the following

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Guido in The Sun on Sunday

In today’s Sun on Sunday column, Guido unravels Downing Street’s spin over Cam Force One. Don’t miss out on:

CARSON

  • Have you heard the one about the squatters, the butler and Jezza’s brother?

KARIE

  • Disgraced vote-rigging scandal candidate Karie Murphy is back

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Andrew Neil v Islamist Scumbags

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Bonfire of the Lads Mags: Zoo and FHM Shuttered

A sad day for connoisseurs of gentlemen’s magazines this morning as both FHM and Zoo announce within a few minutes of each other that they will be suspending publication. Nuts and Loaded are long gone and follows on from the […]

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