Read Guido’s Column in The Sun Today

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See how the Reds fund Ed in today’s Sun. In Guido’s column:

  • 20130728-111048.jpgIt kicked off for the Tory football team
  • Lucky MP who definitely isn’t “working in the constituency” until September 13th
  • Matt Hancock’s advice goes unheeded by the Chancellor
  • The lobbyist turned Labour Shad Cab member lobbying for old client
  • What to name the new Tory HQ?
  • Guido donates to “Lib Dems Against Sexual Harassment” pressure group
  • UKIP seek Unite backing
  • The NHS trade union “pilgrim” having a laugh at patient’s expense

Politics for the many, not the few. All for just 60p!

Spotted in Today’s Guardian Editorial Meeting

A special guest who somewhat stood out from the crowd:

If they ask Nigel Farage about his offshore tax arrangements he can just ask them about theirs…

Mail’s Understated Royal Baby Coverage in Full

The Mail at its best.

Via @JulesMattsson

Unite Behind Right-Wing Press

One gem hidden away at the bottom of Lord Ashcroft’s Unite polling today. As much as Ed and Red Len might want to think otherwise, just 11% of Unite members read the Guardian and Mirror respectively. Turns out not far off double that read the Mail and the Sun. Good on them.

Via @schofieldkevin

The Invitation Westminster Advisers Won’t Comment About

As reported last night, the Guardian have added some important details to their Lynton Crosby/healthcare yarn, after Guido’s little fact checking yesterday. Lobbying firm Westminster Advisers “declined to comment” last night over Guido’s revelation that the firm “run by the Labour supporter and former councillor Dominic Church, organised a cross-party meeting at the end of 2010 which was shown the Crosby Textor research.” They told the Guardian: “I’m not going to go into that. I have given you the statement we are giving out. That is all we are saying.” For the sake of clarity, here is the invitation to their event:

“That is all we are saying.”

Guardian Puts Record Straight

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The Guardian has done a follow up which largely corrects the record after Guido pointed out the factual errors in their healthcare lobbying story from this morning. Namely that they had got the target audience completely wrong and that the firm organising the event wasn’t Tory leaning CTF, it was in fact Labour leaning lobbyists Westminster Advisers. A statement issued by Mark Detre from Westminster Advisers confirms the accuracy of Guido’s version of events:

“Crosby Textor Fullbrook provided research and advice into public attitudes on healthcare to H5. H5 is a predecessor to the Association of Independent Healthcare Organisations and they did that in 2010 and 2011. The arrangement between CTF and H5 ended in mid 2011. AIHO is a new organisation formed in March 2013 and has no relationship with CTF.”

Nicholas Watt at the Guardian reports that

Detre declined to comment on a report on the Guido Fawkes website that Westminster Advisers, run by the Labour supporter and former councillor Dominic Church, organised a cross-party meeting at the end of 2010 which was shown the Crosby Textor research. Detre said: “I’m not going to go into that. I have given you the statement we are giving out. That is all we are saying.”

Judge for yourself…

“Crosby Presentation” Organised By Labour Lobbyist
Labour MPs Attended Event Held in Commons

clippingThe Guardian, which likes to boast that they give “the whole picture”, are very excited this morning with the suggestion that “The lobbying firm founded by the Tories’ chief election strategist, Lynton Crosby, advised private healthcare providers on how to exploit perceived “failings” in the NHS, according to a leaked document obtained by the Guardian. The presentation was made by Crosby Textor, known as CTF Partners in Britain, towards the end of 2010.” The timing is right, just who the presentation was actually made to has been conveniently left out of the story.

dominic-churchThe Guardian claims that the “leaked” presentation was made by CTF to private healthcare profiteers, it was actually organised by the lobbying firm Westminster Advisers for MPs – who were all given copies – making it more of a handout than a leak. Westminster Advisers is headed by Dominic Church, a wealthy Labour supporter and a former Hammersmith and Fulham councillor for the party. He is a Blairite private healthcare lobbyist

Church lobbies for the H5 Private Hospitals Alliance. The slideshow was shown at their parliamentary reception themed ‘Improving Britain’s healthcare’ on 29 November 2010 in the House of Commons. The invitation was open to all MPs and Guido understands that many Labour MPs enjoyed the hospitality served in Dining Room A. One attendee remembers seeing, for example, Gisela Stuart at the event. CTF merely providing polling data for the report. It was a briefing for MPs by private healthcare, not a briefing to private healthcare.

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Mysteriously there is plenty missing from slideshow the Guardian have published. They have run just 4 pages out of the 31 slide presentation, leaving out what does not fit the story. Take this page for example which is positive about the NHS, and inconveniently shows – for the Guardian’s preferred narrative – that the public back reforms:

Nowhere is this to be seen on the Guardian website. Despite cutting pages, they have re-numbered the 4 pages so you would never know. Guido senses a lengthy Corrections and Clarifications coming tomorrow…

Full presentation:

UPDATE:

Read Guido’s Column in The Sun Today

Today’s Sun reveals lobbyist Lord Mandelson is facing a sleaze probe over claims he broke Lords lobbying rules. In Guido’s column:

  • Arthur Cameron (7) is on message
  • Craig Oliver tweets wrong message
  • Reshuffle rumour bluff worked
  • Criminal green waste of money
  • Clegg peerage for lobbyist he brought into Downing Street
  • Labour privatises own mail!
  • Sam Cam and the posh women-only club
  • Googling candidate selections
  • Ken Clarke on need for younger euro-faces

Politics for the many, not the few. Just 60p…

Jon Snow: Satire is Dead

It isn’t just Maria Miller who has made an idiot out of herself over the Open Championship being held at all-male Muirfield. Channel 4 News’ outdated hand-wringer Jon Snow was beyond parody last night:

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Rupert Murdoch’s letter to John Whittingdale

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Times Hijack Telegraph Royal Baby Webcam

With no diary bitch fights to entertain MediaGuido today, the Times have taken to winding up the Telegraph in person. Their Royal reporter Valentine Low has been busy subverting the Telegraph’s royal baby webcam this afternoon:

In fairness, it’s the […]

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New Lobby Mili-Spinner: Runners and Riders

Paul Waugh has put the cat among the pigeons today with his news that Bob Roberts will be hiring a Deputy Director of Communications at the Labour Party, with a lobby figure in the running:

“As for those in the

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