Sun Mensch Scoop Pinch

Anyone on Twitter at 9am this morning would be forgiven for thinking that the Louise Mensch resignation story was a fantastic scoop for the Sun. That’s what they were claiming, anyway:

The only problem is that it wasn’t a Sun exclusive at all. Half an hour before that tweet was sent the departing Corby MP telephoned local Northamptonshire Telegraph reporter Katie Cronin to give her the story. Cronin was the first journalist to learn the news, and Mensch confirmed that it was her exclusive. The Northants Telegraph was also first to report that Mensch was considering quitting in October 2011; she told the paper then that being an MP was “a giant strain on family life, so I am going to have to think long and hard about what I do at the next general election“. You’re either in front of the Northants Telegraph…




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Jo Swinson on Chris Rennard…

“Vince — and Tim before him — have repeatedly, publicly said Rennard is not welcome anywhere near their frontbench team, even as an adviser. I remain deeply frustrated that he was not expelled from the party through its disciplinary process. It just feels wrong, and I do not want Lord Rennard to continue as a member of the party. As far as I am concerned, he is not welcome.”

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