Newsnight Tory Sleaze Exposé Coming

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Guido understands that Newsnight are not far from finishing a special investigation into what one source describes as the “culture of aggression in politics”. The report will focus on the Tory bullying/blackmail scandal that has engulfed the party, also looking at the “wider problem” of the poisonous climate that led to a young activist taking his own life. Guido hears the programme has already interviewed around 40 young Tory activists, parliamentary staffers and even non-political Westminster workers such as cleaners, with several agreeing to speak only if their faces were silhouetted and voices disguised. The family of Elliott Johnson are also believed to be helping with editorial input. No chance of them doing a McAlpine with this one, hopefully…

Guido in The Sun on Sunday

In today’s Sun on Sunday, Guido reveals that supporters of Jeremy Corbyn have lodged an official complaint to Labour’s General Secretary over moderates Simon Danczuk, Frank Field and Emily Benn. Don’t miss out on:

OSBORNE

  • How George Osborne made an ‘offer they cannot refuse’ to new Tory MPs

BALLS

  • How Ed Balls is STILL adding to the national debt

LORDS

  • Lording it up: taxpayer billed £60,000 to keep peers’ bottoms comfy
  • Will Chuka soon be hearing the patter of tiny feet?
  • BBC asks Benefits Street’s White Dee for advice on how to cover lives of the less well off
  • Why Jeremy Corbyn is very close to the SNP… literally
  • How the parliamentary cricket team fared on their tour of Jamaica
  • Yet another week off for well-rested MPs

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

Telegraph Frees the Nipple

The paper of Bill Deedes has crossed the Rubicon and freed the nipple. Scroll down on this click-chasing article about “72 hour drug-fuelled sex binges” and readers of Her Majesty’s Telegraph are confronted with a stock photo of a lady whose arm doesn’t quite cover her modesty:

A change in policy, or was it a big boob?

Seumas Milne’s Closeness to Guardian Editor

There has been consternation in Labour circles and at the Guardian over Seumas Milne being allowed to work for Jeremy Corbyn while “on leave” from King’s Place. The bizarre arrangement suggests he still has his column waiting for him if and when things go south with Jezza. How was the curious deal allowed to go ahead?

Guido hears that the key factor was his very close personal relationship with Guardian editor Kath Viner. The couple have been close friends for years and Kath is known to have always loved his column. Though staff on the paper have been perplexed at why £340,000-a-year Viner, a relative moderate politically, is so enamoured with the handsome revolutionary firebrand. Kath – 44 years-old and unmarried – is such a close ally of Seumas that he even “canvassed on her behalf for several months” when she was campaigning for the editorship. Sources say he was drumming up support for her “night and day 24/7”, causing many raised eyebrows at the time. The Guardian and the Labour leadership are closer than they’ve ever been…

Happy 18th Birthday BBC News 24

It’s 18 years today since BBC News 24 first aired, so here is their old school début broadcast with Gavin Esler and Sarah Montague. With perfect timing, they were talking about “the CBI and the Conservatives at odds over Europe” then too…

H/T @HenryCP

Guido in The Sun on Sunday

Read Guido’s column in the Sun on Sunday for a Remembrance Sunday reminder of where Team Corbyn stands on our armed forces – they want disgraced former Respect leader Salma Yaqoob to be a Labour MP. Don’t miss out on:

BULLY

  • Tory Bullying Latest: Police Interview Witnesses

DIANE

  • Cor-binned! Find out why Diane Abbott has been “sidelined” by her old flame Jezza

PIENAAR

  • After James Cleverly’s porn confession, which Labour MP also revealed she has watched porn?
  • Why moving Labour HQ to Kensington could make for some very awkward conversations with the neighbours
  • Why Michael Gove compared himself to Mr Barraclough from Porridge
  • Sajid Javid has them squealing with laughter after cracking a porcine joke at the PM’s expense
  • How David Cameron wound up his Tory colleagues over his future plans this week
  • Labour Isn’t Working: the ousted MPs and aides who are struggling to find jobs

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

Theresa May Will Be Able to Identify Journalists’ Sources

Home Secretaries will be given powers to identify journalists’ sources without authorisation from a judge. Theresa May has confirmed she will be able to sign an “urgent warrant” to view journalists’ sources without consulting a judge, which will then be subject to “review” in the courts:

“There will be an urgent process, so it will be possible for a Secretary of State to sign an urgent warrant for it to come immediately into effect, and then there will be a period of time within which the judge will have to review that and then make a decision as to whether it should continue or not.”

Given the widespread abuse of RIPA by the police, and coppers then covering it up, this is a concerning attack on the most fundamental basics of press freedom. They’ll be entering newsrooms to smash up hard drives next… 

UPDATE:  A Home Office source gets in touch to stress that the urgent warrants will only be used in extreme circumstances, for example when there is an immediate threat to life, with a warrant then having to be authorised by the Judicial Commissioner within five days, at which point they would rule on whether the data can be kept or destroyed. They insist this provision means sources will always be protected…

British Journalism Awards Bunfight! Speccie v Newsnight / Buzzfeed

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It wouldn’t be the British Journalism Awards without a good old barney about the nominations. Newsnight and Buzzfeed are jointly nominated for Investigation of the Year for the Kids Co scandal – a story on which they did a lot of good follow-up work but was broken by Miles Goslett in the Speccie. Five months earlier…

Buzzfeed’s ‘Head of News’ Stuart Millar is probably regretting engaging:

Media organisations can pay £75 for a vanity-satisfying nomination, something Newsnight and Buzzfeed apparently wasted no time in doing but Miles Goslett, who is a freelancer, didn’t. As Goslett explains:

“Until February 2015, when The Spectator published my article on Kids Company, not a single bad word about it or its chief executive Camila Batmanghelidjh had appeared in the mainstream media.”

You can read the original Goslett scoop here

Raheem Kassam v Owen Bennett

A spectacular media commentariat bitch fight this week, as HuffPo’s Owen Bennett needled Breitbart’s Raheem Kassam over his reporting of the Oldham by-election. Cue an Israeli-style response from Raheem.

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Corbyn’s New Spin Doctor is a Pro

Which spin doctor broke the cardinal rule of SpAds and walked into shot not once but twice as Corbyn was being interviewed by Sky? And who let Jezza be filmed in front of a load of posters showing Labour […]

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Tom Bradby Sex Appeal Figures Sexed Up

“Tom Bradby is so hot he got 500,000 new viewers,” claims a headline in the Times today. It follows on from yesterday’s puff piece reporting ITV News at Ten “has put on half a million viewers since Tom Bradby began […]

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Owen Jones’ 14 Day Anti-Austerity U-Turn

Back in October, Owen Jones wrote this for the Guardian:

“Labour have to make ‘austerity’ tangible,” Owen wrote. It’s a theme he has written about week in, week out. This year alone he has claimed:

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