Emailing the New Black? Speaker’s Aide Quits

Careful with the emails boys and girls. Let this be a lesson to you. “I sent it in error to T Black rather than G Black. The email was an error of judgment and I resigned from the House of Commons immediately. End of story.” John Stonborough, the Speaker’s senior aide, was in charge of the recent publishing of MPs’ expenses figures, (which I have been having a little fun with myself now and then). He was supposed to be strictly impartial. He even denied a report in the Times that he had given the Tories details of Labour MPs’ expenses. Guido has no comment on where he got his expenses inside info from – but you could try here.

In a statement John said: “I sent a short email to Guy Black last week. It said: ‘Yes it was I who published MPs’ expenses on Thursday. It went well from my perspective and very much according to plan. The tsunami that followed was fun. Surely, surely the Tories can make something of it? Most of the abuse was Labour. ‘Why not an edict from Howard saying you won’t overclaim ACA [additional costs allowance], abuse postage for canvassing etc? Puts you back on the sleaze high ground at last and rubbishes the other snouts in trough. Don’t wait for the Liberals to do it. Just a thought. Be nice to see you. John S.'”

Guy Black, the Tory media chief, is a nice boy and his office is also in the Palace of Westminster. Teresa Black is a grass who works in the office of Ian Stewart, the Labour MP for Eccles. In future anyone thinking of sending sneaky emails should send them directly to – that means you Ms Black.

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