Rawnsley Doesn't Want to Work for Ashcroft

Andrew Rawnsley has resigned as editor-in-chief of PoliticsHome:

I became Editor-in-Chief on the basis that PoliticsHome was dedicated to being a non-partisan site clearly independent of any party both editorially and financially. It was essential for users of the site that they could feel absolute confidence in the political independence of PoliticsHome. I do not believe that can be compatible with being under the ownership of the deputy chairman of the Conservative Party.

Rawnsley has his reputation to think of, but the proof will be in the pudding. Politicshome has been hitherto a utility that doesn’t originate commentary.  The official announcement that Lord Ashcroft has taken a 57% stake in ConservativeHome and PoliticsHome is here. Though none of the parties is commenting, Guido understands that it was a six-figure sum £1.3 million that changed hands. Which is a fairly good price for a media publishing operation without a penny of revenue.

Incidentally Lord Ashcroft, since you appear to be on a buying spree, Guido won’t sell for less than seven eight figures…




Tip offs: 0709 284 0531
team@Order-order.com

Quote of the Day

Wes Streeting speaking in the anti-Semitism debate says Jewish leaders

“will be horrified by the response of our frontbench to this debate today”

Sponsors

Guidogram: Sign up

Subscribe to the most succinct 7 days a week daily email read by thousands of Westminster insiders.
Convicted Charity Thief Canvassing for Labour Convicted Charity Thief Canvassing for Labour
Anti-Brexit Bias of Former Top Civil Servants Anti-Brexit Bias of Former Top Civil Servants
Labour Candidate Deletes Website and Twitter Account Amid Anti-Semitism Row Labour Candidate Deletes Website and Twitter Account Amid Anti-Semitism Row
Bully Bercow’s “Medicament” Slurs Bully Bercow’s “Medicament” Slurs
Government Loses Lords Customs Union Vote Government Loses Lords Customs Union Vote
Gallery Guido’s PMQs Sketch: Mission Accomplished Gallery Guido’s PMQs Sketch: Mission Accomplished
Labour Candidate’s Think Tank Defended Ken and Jackie Walker Labour Candidate’s Think Tank Defended Ken and Jackie Walker
May: Labour Took Decision on Windrush Landing Cards May: Labour Took Decision on Windrush Landing Cards
Owen Jones Calls Out Labour Nepotism Owen Jones Calls Out Labour Nepotism
Ruth Smeeth Reads Anti-Semitic Abuse from Corbynistas Ruth Smeeth Reads Anti-Semitic Abuse from Corbynistas
Three Billboards Protest Against Labour Anti-Semitism Three Billboards Protest Against Labour Anti-Semitism
Unemployment Rate Lowest Since 1975 Unemployment Rate Lowest Since 1975
Maitlis on Pointless Syria Vote Maitlis on Pointless Syria Vote
Top Corbynistas Attend Pro-Assad Rally Top Corbynistas Attend Pro-Assad Rally
Rudd Attacks Home Office Rudd Attacks Home Office
Chris Leslie Slams Corbyn Turning Blind Eye Chris Leslie Slams Corbyn Turning Blind Eye
Man Who Wrote Watson’s Legal Advice Gave Interview to Sputnik Praising “Brilliant” Work of Assange Lawyers Man Who Wrote Watson’s Legal Advice Gave Interview to Sputnik Praising “Brilliant” Work of Assange Lawyers
What is Happening in the Commons This Afternoon What is Happening in the Commons This Afternoon
Jewdas Lose £45,000 After eBay Restarts Anti-Capitalist Beetroot Auction Jewdas Lose £45,000 After eBay Restarts Anti-Capitalist Beetroot Auction
8 Home Office Fiascos Under Rudd 8 Home Office Fiascos Under Rudd