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UPDATE: The Sun splash in all its glory:
The Telegraph’s evening email political briefing is kaput. It is no more. It is, along with Brogan’s much missed Morning Briefing, a former email:
THANK YOU AND GOODNIGHT
This is the last Telegraph Politics Evening Briefing for the foreseeable future. From next week, you’ll be able to find our regular analysis and observations on telegraph.co.uk and in our print edition.
Over the last year, providing this briefing has been a lot of fun, and the best of it by far has been hearing from you, the readers: your responses have almost invariably been enlightening and entertaining, and we thank you for them all.
Which seems a little odd for an organisation that apparently has a “digital first” strategy. Is anything sacred at the Telegraph?
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“I take full responsibility for employing Andy Coulson. I did so on the basis of undertakings I was given by him about phone hacking and those turned out not to be the case. I always said that if they turned out to be wrong that I would make a full and frank apology and I do that today. I am extremely sorry that I employed him. It was the wrong decision and I’m very clear about that.
I asked him questions about if he knew about phone hacking and he said that he didn’t and I accepted those assurances and I gave him the job. I would say that no one has made any complaints about the work that he did for me either as Leader of the Opposition or indeed here in Number 10 Downing Street, but knowing what I now know and knowing that those assurances weren’t right it was obviously wrong to employ him. I gave someone a second chance and it turned out to be a bad decision.”
Interesting interpretation of “full and frank”…
Bit late to this one, again from Twitter Bitch Fight favourite, Louise Mensch, treating us to a classic Friday evening spat.
Taking exception to James Delingpole’s defence of her former parliamentary colleague Michael Fabricant that morning on Breitbart London, the Stateside social media favourite, once a vocal supporter of the up-and-coming website, trained her fire on its Managing Editor, former pal Raheem Kassam.
A classic Mail Online toff sex scandal story appeared online late last night, reporting that the multi-millionaire banker and Oxfordshire landowner Jamie Lonsdale, 55, is to marry a Russian pole dancer called Crystal Night following his divorce from wife Laura, once lady-in-waiting to Princess Diana. A cracking tale, and one that would no doubt titillate Mail Online readers, so why has the story been taken down from the website this morning?
Perhaps someone in the office mentioned that Laura Greig, the scorned ex-wife, is the sister of Mail on Sunday editor Geordie Greig. Better hope he didn’t notice…
In today’s Sun on Sunday column Guido exclusively reveals that Ed Miliband’s former speechwriter has defected to the government to work for LibDem justice minister Simon Hughes. Pick up your copy of the Sun on Sunday to read Phil Taylor’s damning assessment of Miliband, including his warning that it would be “a disaster” if Labour wins a majority. Don’t miss out on:
Politics for the many, not the few, just 70p down your local newsagents or online here…
As Guido pointed out yesterday Ed Miliband appears to have lost the support of the Guardian’s political writers, today the paper splashes on the loss of faith within the shadow cabinet. This is despite, or perhaps because, he recently came to the Guardian’s offices to do a Q & A session with the editorial team…
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Lord Glasman tells it like it is:
“The first thing is to acknowledge that Labour has been captured by a kind of aggressive public sector morality which is concerned with the individual and the collective but doesn’t understand relationships.”
Owen Jones says:
We also need Zil lanes.