Nothing like a political scandal to flush out some sloppy journalism. Malcolm Rifkind is standing down from Kensington. Not Kensington and Chelsea. The parliamentary constituency of Kensington and Chelsea does not exist any more: it was scrapped in 2010 when the seat was redrawn. What was once one of the safest Tory seats in the country now has a majority of just over 8,000. That hasn’t stopped national newspapers, broadcast journalists, lobbyists and assorted political hacks displaying a shameful lack of knowledge about their patch:
And as Malcolm Rifkind stands down, Boris cries a small tear as he compares the eateries of Uxbridge with those of Kensington & Chelsea…
— Francis Ingham (@PRCAIngham) February 24, 2015
— BetOnPolitics (@BetOnPolitics) February 24, 2015
Guido wouldn’t ‘bet’ on that!
Emergency selection meeting for Tories in Kensington and Chelsea. Bet Boris wishes he'd waited….
— John O'Shea (@politicalhackuk) February 24, 2015
But Boris has a bigger majority in Uxbridge, oh wise hack?
Sir Malcolm Rifkind will also step down as MP for Kensington and Chelsea at the general election.
— General Election (@UKGE2020) February 24, 2015
— Sarah Deech (@londonette) February 24, 2015
Kensington & Chelsea, Malcolm Rifkind's seat, is only constituency in UK with avg (mean) wages above MPs' £67k (they're £98k) @gabyhinsliff
— Ed Conway (@EdConwaySky) February 24, 2015
Kensington/Chelsea seat now in play with Rifkind quitting. Bound to be a big scrap over successor – Boris must regret taking Uxbridge.
— Jim Pickard (@PickardJE) February 24, 2015
Et tu, FT?
With Rifkind gone, Kensington and Chelsea could be a very snug fit for Boris Johnson.
— Jonathan Kennedy (@partialreporter) February 24, 2015
Partial reporter? Partial with the facts more like!
Never mind who will be chair for one month of ISC. Who is going to get the plum Tory seat of K&C?
— Tony Grew (@ayestotheright) February 24, 2015
Even self-proclaimed Parliamentary experts get it wrong.
Perhaps most embarrassingly the Indy even ran this terrible headline:
Don’t tell Peter Oborne, but there’s another subbing error in the Telegraph: