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 firstname.lastname@example.org – that means you Ms Black.