Mail Bosses Feeling Twitter Spoof Pressure

Guido understands that bosses at the Daily Mail and General Trust have called a series of meetings to discuss concerns over the increasingly negative press created by the Twitter spoof saga. Today the BBC and The Guardian followed up Guido’s story, causing DMGT chiefs to raise worries about the potential adverse effect on the company’s share price. DMGT is reportedly particularly conscious of its US position and wants to kill the story before it spreads across the Atlantic. They are feeling the pressure.

Guido’s eyes and ears at Northcliffe reveal that Steve Auckland – the chief executive who sparked the row – has been called in to help determine the company’s next steps. While the subpoena still stands apparently there was a shift this morning from seeking to out the spoofer to “finding out the reasons for his grievances“. Could David be about to beat Goliath? 

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Body Language: Who is in Power?

Dave looks like the supplicant in Downing Street. When will a British PM give that Hugh Grant speech?

It would be a hugely popular move…

Hat-tip: Ian Katz

Exclusive: Romney Cuts Fundraiser TicketsPrices Slashed from $25,000 to $10,000!

Mitt Romney’s London visit is not going well. After insulting the Olympics (a grave crime apparently) and forgetting Miliband’s name, Guido learns that tonight’s fundraiser is struggling to get the numbers.

The Republican candidate has been forced to cut prices from $25,000:

“From: XXXX
Subject: romney dinner…..reduced price for last minute guests has been negotiated

Good news:  The Romney dinner in London on Thursday, July 26th is reaching an all time record for a one event fundraiser.  In order to get us over the top, we have been allowed to invite a few last minute guests at 10,000 per ticket vs 25,000 per ticket.”

Lovely spinning there…

UPDATE: This is an invite to Romney’s reception tonight:

Guido hears the price has been cut to $1,000…

That HMRC Stasi Document in Full

Guido had to check he hadn’t woken up in some Stalinist dystopia when he read that HMRC have been telling school children to tell their teacher if they suspect that their neighbours have been dodging tax. Lesson plans suggested by the government include asking teenagers to name any examples of tax evasion they can think of from their local area:

Anyone seen Mr. Gauke recently?

Labour Confirm G4S Will Guard Their Conference

Ed Miliband had a pretty tough stance on G4S after the Oly-shambles, even going as far as saying they should be banned from government contracts in the future:

People want bobbies on the beat, not G4S. I don’t think G4S should receive their £57 million management fee for services provided to the Olympic games. Frankly it beggars belief that they think they are entitled to it. Before they are awarded any new policing contracts, we need a review of G4S’s ability to deliver.”

Despite front-benchers and activists lining up to attack Labour just confirmed to Guido the growing rumour that the Party will be using the very same security firm for their own conference in the autumn.

A sources close to Ed Miliband said:

We are not overly worried as we’re not quite yet at the stage when as many people want to come to Labour conference as the Olympics“.

Busted.

Warsi Cleared on Expenses Mystery

According to Joe Murphy of the Standard, Warsi has got away it over her expenses mystery:

Refresh your memory of the allegations and fall out here.

UPDATE: CCHQ confirm:

Presumably she was able to prove that she paid the cash to someone, given that her landlord at the time claimed he received no money.

UPDATE II:

Cameron has said that “I am pleased that these allegations have been dismissed by the Lords Commissioner.” He mentions that Warsi as Co-Chairman will be leading the Tory Police commisioner elections “big summer of campaigning”. Moved in the autumn then…

When Mitt Romney Came To Town Part II

Looking forward to Rom-Cam later…

Mitt Romney to Ed Miliband:

“Hello Mr Leader”

Chancellor Zero Feeling the Heat

George Osborne has taken a major kicking in the papers this morning. The left-wing press have naturally been twisting the knife, but perhaps the headline that will hurt the Chancellor the most is The Sun appearing to call for him to be sacked. When Vince Cable is being touted as a potential replacement you know things are bad…

Nadine is stirring too:

Given who is wielding the knife, this could well result in a shoring up of the Chancellor’s position…

Ballot Day for Bonkers Bryn Phillips

Today is the City of London by-election in the Farringdon Within ward. Yesterday the candidates met face to face for a hustings, and needless to say, with a convicted rioter and Occupy hippy on the ballot, things got a little spicy.

Bryn Phillips, whose campaign Guido has been keeping you up to date with, couldn’t even rely on his learned friends from lefty chambers Tooks, who appeared to be trying to have reporting restrictions put on the meeting. The transparency for the City campaign has got off to a flying start!

Due to their failure to realise this was a public meeting, Guido can report how Bryn’s opponents described the half-pint hippy as “a violent thug with a penchant for assaulting police officers” and pointed out that he “won’t be serving the City, but serving time.” When Guido tried to question Phillips after the meeting he ran away. Literally.

Despite being convicted of violent disorder and burglary and currently awaiting sentence, bonkers Bryn claimed he has has already paid back his debt to society – because he works in a food bank in Hackney. Guido will let the judge decide that one. Happy voting in Farringdon…

Lord Rothermere ‘Backing Twitter Spoof Gag’ Account Owner Takes Legal Advice

The BBC are now running the Twitter spoof saga. Guido understands that the owner of the Daily Mail, Lord Rothermere, has thrown his weight behind the bid to silence the Northcliffe twitter spoof account. Sources familiar with the case tell Guido that Rothermere was furious after the spoofer referenced allegations concerning a New Zealand love child and an alleged affair with a nanny:

Guido has also learned that the owner of the parody Steve Auckland account is to take legal advice to try to stop Twitter releasing his personal details next week. He will hold discussions with a San Francisco attorney this afternoon after the lawyer offered to take the case on pro bono. He’s not going down without a fight, and the cavalry are coming…



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